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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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Forum: General
Tough Soles complete a WayWalkers Challenge.
simon3 a day ago.
Tough Soles a couple of determined walkers who chose to walk all the waymarked ways in Ireland will be finally finishing on Sunday the 28th of July when they reach the end of the Wicklow Way in Du...

  
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Cuilcagh: A classy mountain
hazyview 6 days ago.
I followed the directions (per scarecrow & others) to the second carpark & we commenced the awesome long boardwalk across the bog & up the mountain. A good challenging climb of stairs to the summi...

  
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Hill of Allen: Pleasant and easy stroll
TommyMc a week ago.
A pleasant and easy stroll from the lay-by on the Allen-Miltown road as referenced by Dessie1. Frustratingly a spacious car parking area at this spot is padlocked, meaning visitors must park in a ...

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Curracahill: Not great
chelman7 2 days ago.
Curracahill is the 633rd highest spot in Ireland. It would be about 633rd on my list of good walks.

  
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Largan Hill: Having it Largan
madfrankie a week ago.
In an effort to avoid the unpleasant tree-stuff described previously, I decided to make an alternative approach. At the western end of Lough Talt I took a minor road at G38776815942 that skirts th...

  
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Inishturk: A quiet place
TommyV a week ago.
Similar to Inis Mean, the middle Aran island, Inis Turk is in the middle of Clare Island and Inis Bofin and is much less visited than it's neighbours. The island itself is very small and can be hi...

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Thor's Cave and the Manifold Valley
Peter Walker a week ago.
walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 445m, Area: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Penni...

  
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Buachaille Etive Mor (mostly)
Peter Walker a week ago.
Being sick on your holidays is a classic example of a First World Problem, but it's still pretty annoying. After ... walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 972m, Area: Stob Coire Altruim, Loch Linnhe to Loch |...

  
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Knockastia: Most central hill in Ireland??
TommyV a week ago.
Heading North from the little village of Rosemount will bring you near this hill. I found parking beside an old abandoned house at N24222 42974 and proceeded to walk up a road which leads to a hou...

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Meall Fuar-mhonaidh
Peter Walker a week ago.
walk, Len: 9.5km, Climb: 520m, Area: Meall Fuar-mhonaidh, Glen Affric to Glen M...

  
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Cupidstown Hill: One for the County High Pointers only!
TommyV a week ago.
The start point as mentioned by others leads to an easy walk along a forest road for about 500m before reaching the trig point. behind the mast marking the Kildare CHP. The forest trail had lots o...

  
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Soum de l'Arraït, Montagne de Lège and Sommet de l'Oudérou from Binos
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 16.8km, Climb: 1272m, Area: France, Occitanie () ||


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