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weedavie
2007-01-10 17:16:05
OK I'll shut up now
I suspect we're sitting on a philosophical divide here. I know you can enjoy a hill without knowing where you are or what you're seeing. A GPS is a good aid in this case but significantly dilutes the experience. Karaoke is great for a laugh once every couple of years but compared with a couple of guitars and maybe a fiddle and who's for the next song, it's doesn't even leave the starting line.
When you use a map you're developing your relationship with the land. On a new route you savour the anticipated challenges, the connections with known routes, the names and meanings of features.

I wouldn't dream of walking in an area and not buying a map, here or Connaught or Greece. I'm not saying I'm weird, I certainly don't use handcuffs, but when I lock myself in a room with a pile of maps, there's a parallel with magazines and certain adolescent activities.

A GPS will let you know where you are with certainty (though I've known people to refuse to believe what they're being told.) A map requires more skilled use, gives you a better feel for routes and in able hands is a more precise way-finder. Yes, you do occasionally screw up (selection of the correct car park is the heart of the route) but that's the way that you learn. If I was departing from maps it would be to discard artificial aids entirely - there's already a movement in Scotland to do this - Robroying (see the wonderful hill fanzine, the Angry Corrie - http://bubl.ac.uk/org/tacit/tac/tac51/nevermin.htm).
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