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simon3
2007-03-27 15:56:07
Usefulness of GPS
As far as I am concerned I mostly prepare using Trailmaster and outdoors use GPS nowadays. I would always bring a map and compass - sometimes the map is useful for reference and the compass is insurance. Maps can be printed from Trailmaster however visualising land by moving around Trailmaster displays allows you to have a feel for the land. Never found much use for printing their orthophotos however - difficult to interpret in the field.

Get a GPS that can handle maps - see the Resources section for some downloadable GPS maps - works fine on mapping Garmins - I generally use the one with 50m contours. Having even a simple map makes it much easier to change route outdoors. It goes without saying that the GPS should have a PC connection so you can load routes from Trailmaster or other tools (I also use GPSU). Get one with USB or be prepared to wait.

You just have to get used to battery management. You need two spare sets at all times because GPS works best if on continuously when you will generally get accuracy of 3 to 6m in open land. New ones (SiRF3) work fine in forest. Occasionally (like once or twice in a day) you may lose position often when on the side of steep slope particularly if your body is shielding the thing.
If you find you mostly are using the GPS to find your grid reference, you aren't using it correctly. Learn the other 90% of uses including waypoints, routes and maps. For a start you can download all the summits of Ireland as either waypoints or Points of Interest (POI) from this site and this alone is extremely useful.
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Scarr ridge from Trooperstown Carpark
simon3 a day ago.
A different place to start from to reach Scarr with a lot of car-parking. Return uses Wicklow Way in part. walk, Len: 14.2km, Climb: 498m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Scarr

  
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Near Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 4 days ago.
Caption walk, Len: 1.3km, Climb: 158m, Area: Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland) Ring Hill

  
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Caora Bhán: Dunkerron ridge run
Dbosonnet 3 days ago.
Coomnacronia taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

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Topped Mountain: Short & simple
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
A simple little Minion to climb (the name Topped 'Mountain' is a bit of a stretch). A gravel path & steps from a carpark will see you reach the top in about 15 minutes, and you won't even need you...

  
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Near Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 4 days ago.
Sunday A walk started at Cush carpark taking in the soldier?s hole, Saunder?s Lodge, the grassey Knol, ice road. Lou walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 1000m, Area: Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains (Irela

  
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Crockmulroney: Good summit for Carn-baggers
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
A fine hill with a well defined summit and great views. Plenty of parking spots along the R254 directly to the south of the summit. From there it's a relatively simple 1km climb to the top.

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Slievenashaska: Wild mountain run
Dbosonnet 3 days ago.
Slievenashaska taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

  
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Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
For the walkers who may not wish to visit the summit area a photo of same.

  
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Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
The walk from the car parked at L7692629281 on the graveyard road to the high point is short but out from the public road it is entirely on private property . Access via the gate up to the small c...

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Into The Coum(eragh)'s
GSheehy 4 days ago.
The forecast was for heat, so I said I?d have an early start. Down to the base layer by the time I got to The Gap at ... walk, Len: 27.2km, Climb: 1226m, Area: Coumfea West Top, Comeragh Mountains (I

  
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Eanach Mheáin: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
Connemara Island Golf Course is a nine hole course located on this island and just inside its entrance at L9080830893 is the 11th/17th hole where the natural high point is adjacent to the ladies t...

  
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Lettercallow: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
By parking at L8760028966 you can walk on to open hillside with no access issues . A gentle accent to the summit area which unlike its nearest neighbour has no seating arrangements for the visitor...


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