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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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Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 17 hours ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 21 hours ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 21 hours ago.
View from the west.

Track
Circuit of Dirkbeg Lough - easier ascent
simon3 2 days ago.
The purpose of this walk is to reach the Maumtrasna plateau and Maumtrasna NE top (MNET). The lattter is quite possib... walk, Len: 11.6km, Climb: 564m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce

  
Track
Near Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 663m, Area: Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
Track
Benwee Coastal Walk
simon3 2 days ago.
The walk starts at a small carpark and Wild Atlantic Way sign just west of Benwee. In fact some of the local rock has ... walk, Len: 8.1km, Climb: 245m, Area: An Bhinn Bhu?, North Mayo (Ireland) An B

Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 21 hours ago.
View from the east.

  
Forum: General
Riddle of the Spinc
BleckCra 2 days ago.
I was at Glendalough yesterday and on the Spinc for the first time. I cannot imagine there haven't already been a thousand hours debate on the boardwalk and and that there won't be a thousand hour...

  
Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 21 hours ago.
Picture from the west.

Summit Summary
Kid Island: Steepwalled island.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 23 hours ago.
Kid Island is very visible from Benwee Head.

  
Track
Lenadoon Coastal Walk
simon3 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 2.5km, Climb: 8m, Area: Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Buckaun East: Cliffy north edge.
simon3 23 hours ago.
This is a picture of Buckaun East taken from the valley below.. Obviously the safest way to go up and down this is to the left or south of the ridge.


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