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padodes
2007-03-25 10:12:28
Usefulness of GPS
To give a short reply to Michael McA 's query about the interest one might have in getting a GPS unit for use in the hills, my own answer would be very affirmative. GPS isn't a rival to map and compass; it's a complement and a particularly serviceable one in many circumstances, not least when visibility is bad and you don't want to engage in tiresome pacing. Above the treeline on all Irish mountains there is usually no problem with good satellite cover or geometry. The position indicated by the unit is generally more than adequate for very precise navigation. Under tree cover or when you are following a narrow track hemmed in by trees, it is sometimes possible to lose signals partially or completely, but any good opening will allow you to get a position fix again. The more recent GPS units have high-sensitive chips by SiRF which are often capable of assuring good reception even in these cases. As far as batteries are concerned, you always carry spares. Since today's units only require two AA size batteries, this is no extra weight. As far as buying a unit is concerned, it obviously depends on one's budget, but there is a lot to be said for getting a unit that will at least allow you to link up with a computer. There exists quite a deal of software today that will allow you to scan a section of map which you can then calibrate and use to plan your trip and transfer waypoints directly to the GPS. If you save the track you followed, you can afterwards upload it onto the computer and project it onto the calibrated map (or Google Earth, perhaps) to see exactly where your steps have taken you. The only experience I have myself is with Garmin units and I can certainly vouch for their general reliability. The Rolls Royce of GPS units for walking is often considered to be the Garmin GPSMap 60CSx today but the cheaper eTrex models do the job as well without as many bells and whistles. There are other excellent products from companies such as Magellan, Silva, etc.
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Summit Comment
Stockeen Cliff Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 19 hours ago.
Located adjacent to the cliff walk accessible via the Cliffs of Moher Center. Best to enjoy the full walk rather than just summit bagging but for your added enjoyment the earlier in the morning yo...

  
Summit Comment
Lislorkan Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 19 hours ago.
Accessible via the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center and car park or via other locations on this coastal walk of your choosing. Best to enjoy the full length of this fantastic cliff walk.

  
Summit Comment
Knockardakin: Coastal Hill
sandman 23 hours ago.
Located adjacent to the world renowned Cliffs of Moher,and although this is the hill which the visitor center is built into, the summit is not located in a public area. Access is via a farm gate o...

Track
Inishowen Slieve Snaght from the north.
simon3 4 days ago.
This linear walk route starts from the north and includes the two Arderins and one Vandeleur-Lynam in the area. It sta... walk, Len: 9.3km, Climb: 515m, Area: Slieve Snaght, Inishowen (Ireland) Sliev

  
Summit Comment
Corduff: My wee dander to the summit
Ulsterpooka 2 days ago.
I followed Muschi's and Paddyhilksbagger route. When going to the trig I moved on a few cows before I walked to the trig. After taking a few pics I seen the large brown bull in the field was block...

  
Forum: Suggestions
Clare Coastal Hills
simon3 2 days ago.
We have added 14 Coastal Hills for Clare today. Intriguing names like Stockeen Cliff Top, 185mJust to remind. A Coastal Hill is a hill of at least 50m with a drop from the top or prominence of 20m...

Track
Arona to Parador Hotel via Valle de Ucanca
GSheehy 2 days ago.
Sticking the boots in the bag, when the intention was to go and have a rest.Justifying a walk, that?s predominantly as walk, Len: 30.8km, Climb: 2274m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
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Cruach Eoghanach
Peter Walker 5 days ago.
Cruach Eoghanach is a handy outing on the days when you get out of the car, feel the force of the wind and rain, look... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 329m, Area: Cruach Eoghanach, S Donegal/W Tyrone (Ir

  
Summit Summary
Slieve Main: Inishowen's second mountain.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 4 days ago.
Parking in a small quarry 3km to the east at point C444 372, cross the smaller top of Damph and then head north, curving around the valley until you cross a fence at C425 380 then begin to ascend ...

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Pics de Batoua
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 18.3km, Climb: 1672m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Comment
Castlemahon Mountain: My outing to Castlemahon summit.
Ulsterpooka a week ago.
I followed Peter Walkers route and asked permission to walk to the summit mast. The person was very friendly and accommodating. I parked at the last house in what is a four house dwelling lane. Th...

  
Track
Amalfi: Ravello to Minori
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 3.5km, Climb: 12m, Area: Italy, Campania ()


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