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aidand
2012-01-19 16:05:54
GPS Systems
I reckon it depends on two things - your budget and how techy you are. I have used a Garmin Etrek Summit for a few years. I never got around to linking it to a PC. A lot of the time it stays in the bottom of my rucksack. On the bigger hills I put in a few waypoints with grid references off this site or read off a map. This is very laborious so I try to do this at home the night before a trip. They are a great comfort when navigating in poor conditions.

The most useful function of a GPS is that it gives you an accurate position. Even if you never use it for anything else this can get you out of difficulty if the weather closes in.
There are expensive models with built in mapping. Great if you can afford them, but the mapping will go out of date and units can get lost, damaged etc.
I prefer paper maps. They are cheap enough to buy or replace and great for planning new routes. These are my thoughts - there are more techy people out there who get a kick out of uploading routes etc. good luck to them.
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