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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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Slieveboy Loop
jgfitz less than an hour ago.
We followed the official National Loop Walk, Loop 106C, which is the purple trail. We took one small shortcut, but add... walk, Len: 14.1km, Climb: 424m, Area: Slieveboy, North Wexford (Ireland) Slie

  
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Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 10 hours ago.
This is a relatively easy way to reach the Croughan ridgeline and get a taste for the magnificent all-round views. Ir... walk, Len: 7.8km, Climb: 595m, Area: Croaghaun SW Top, Achill/Corraun (Ireland

  
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Crocknafarragh SE Top: Climb it, but include one or more "cousins"
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 21 hours ago.
The way to Crocknafarragh SE Top can follow the full route up to Crocknafarragh with an additional 700m walk out to the lesser top or, part of the way up, by contouring up and around the S flanks ...

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eamonoc
eamonoc a day ago.
A lot of walking done and so much more to do, thank you Mountainviews for the inspiration

  
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Baurtregaum Far NE Top: Great views from a so-so mountain
Colin Murphy a day ago.
The view over Tralee Bay at low tide from Baurtregaum Far NE Top had the appearance of the Amazon River delta!

  
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Scouting the start of the Galty Challenge.
jackill a day ago.
walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 623m, Area: Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains (Irel...

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Bunnacunneen South Top: Simple bag from nearby tops
Colin Murphy a day ago.
For approach see entry for Bunnacunneen SE Top. From that grassy summit it is just over 1km across a gently rising slope to the NW and the South Top's equally grassy summit, which has marvellous p...

  
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molls gap loop walk
strangeweaver 4 days ago.
From the car park at molls gap follow the narrow country lane down to the pass between to stumpa duloigh and Knocklome... walk, Len: 17.6km, Climb: 985m, Area: Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland) Knocklome

  
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Bunnacunneen SE Top: Handy track
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a day ago.
Although there was a sign on the track at L973 570 forbidding trespassers, the farmer in the nearby farmhouse had no problem with us using the track, which curved up the hillside almost to the sum...

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Simple ascent of Minaun.
simon3 4 days ago.
An easy way up starting from the carpark. walk, Len: 3.6km, Climb: 121m, Area: Minaun, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Minaun

  
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Caherbarnagh East Top: A Hidden Gem Discovered
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Park off road next to gate at the saddle between Claragh Mountain and Curracahill W23626 87990. There's room for 3-4 cars to park safely. Climb gate and follow rough stone track keeping forest to ...

  
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Puglia: Circuit south of Otranto
Onzy 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.1km, Climb: 215m, Area: Italy, Apulia ()


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