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Re Maps ConsultationPuterMan, you'll get the unwary all wound up with this implication of the unworthiness of the gps-ists amongst us. Using a gps properly has huge advantages such as accuracy, speed to navigate, relative imperviousness to the weather and knowing/sharing where you went.
While it is extremely unwise for people to visit the hills without being equipped to use basic map & compass, this is not a reason to ignore the truly huge advantage of proper gps use. And it is no use raising scare stories about gps's control - it is on the way to being offered by 4 countries/unions.
Gps units do not eat batteries - they use rechargeables. Gps units do not fail that often or have 'comms' problems whatever they are. Complete cheaper Gps units from the like of Garmin cost less than a couple of car tank fills. The basic chips for gps cost under $2 so they will become more and more prevalent in devices such as phones, cameras etc.
Use of gps does of course have challenges like potential loss of situational awareness through overconfidence but these are lesser problems than those using map and compass with its step counting or error prone timing, requirement for detail rich maps and time-wasting direction finding.
WAI offer courses on Modern Navigation and Gps - see April newsletter.
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