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beckett
2007-03-28 15:37:09
Usefulness of GPS
I debated buying a GPS for some time; eventually I bought a Garmin Etrex Legend CX. Itís a colour mapping model suitable for outdoors and also usable while driving. The first one I got stopped working after two days so I had it replaced. Its replacement has been on two walks and survived so far. The CX is pricey but I wanted something that I could also use for driving. I normally create my own Garmin maps before a walk, taking the SMC contour data for a particular mountain and then layering on detail from the OS maps. A map will then have everything I need to get started, approaching roads, parking locations, main tracks etc. I then collect features as I walk and add them to my map afterwards. From a navigation point of view I have found the GPS helpful in both finding the often-illusive starting points for the walk and also re-assuring when unsure about your location on the paper map during the walk. You can set pre-dined routes and waypoints, which are helpful ways of organising a walk into manageable chunks. The paper map and compass will always be my primary navigation; it gives that bigger picture perspective that the GPS cannot provide. Creating your own electronic maps can be lots of fun as well. If you like gadgets and like hill walking then the GPS is a good tool.
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David-Guenot a day ago.
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magicstep 2 days ago.
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sandman a day ago.
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 2 days ago.
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Inishsirrer: Deserted village
magicstep 2 days ago.
Mainland on the horizon (left and right)

  
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David-Guenot a day ago.
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Inishsirrer: The only building that is not a ruin.
magicstep 2 days ago.
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Inishsirrer: Part of a road from the past
magicstep 2 days ago.
There's a salty tidal lake on the island.

  
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ewen
ewen 4 days ago.
Now living furth of Scotland and getting to know the Irish hills. If you come across a Scottish hill Walker with dodgy knees and walking sedately, stop and say hello.

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David-Guenot a day ago.
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magicstep 3 days ago.
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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
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