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beckett
2007-03-28 15:37:09
Usefulness of GPS
I debated buying a GPS for some time; eventually I bought a Garmin Etrex Legend CX. Itís a colour mapping model suitable for outdoors and also usable while driving. The first one I got stopped working after two days so I had it replaced. Its replacement has been on two walks and survived so far. The CX is pricey but I wanted something that I could also use for driving. I normally create my own Garmin maps before a walk, taking the SMC contour data for a particular mountain and then layering on detail from the OS maps. A map will then have everything I need to get started, approaching roads, parking locations, main tracks etc. I then collect features as I walk and add them to my map afterwards. From a navigation point of view I have found the GPS helpful in both finding the often-illusive starting points for the walk and also re-assuring when unsure about your location on the paper map during the walk. You can set pre-dined routes and waypoints, which are helpful ways of organising a walk into manageable chunks. The paper map and compass will always be my primary navigation; it gives that bigger picture perspective that the GPS cannot provide. Creating your own electronic maps can be lots of fun as well. If you like gadgets and like hill walking then the GPS is a good tool.
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Summit Comment
Lackakeely: An easy bag after Mweelrea
magnumpig 10 hours ago.
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Summit Comment
Baurtregaum: A walk among the clouds.
TommyV 13 hours ago.
I followed Scapania's directions to get started for the tough pull up to Gearhane. It was a lovely day out and the views on the climb up were spectacular but there was a cloud sitting on the highe...

  
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Crusline: Epic fail!
TommyV 13 hours ago.
As mentioned by Bunsen7, the entrance to the windfarm is the best way to access this hill. Note that there are signs saying no unauthorized access but isn't that always the way. I did come across ...

Summit Comment
Moveen Hill: Highest on the Loop
TommyV 13 hours ago.
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Track
Maamturks & 7 MV Summits
simoburn a day ago.
walk, Len: 13.9km, Climb: 949m, Area: Corc?g, Maamturks (Ireland) Corc

  
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Truskmore SE Cairn: Nice addition to Truskmore
bertandally 13 hours ago.
No excuse not to come over here for a peek if you are at Truskmore, so that's what we did and it's worth it for the extra view.

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Fothair na Manach
Fergalo 2 days ago.
Fothair na Manach is one of the remotest, most spectacular & magical sites in Ireland and barely accessible. It lies jus walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1118m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland)

  
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Truskmore: Can't get much easier but so worth it!
bertandally 13 hours ago.
This was our second time to climb Truskmore and we've been lucky enough each time to get space to park at the start of the transmitter road at G7438546834. As we sat having some food in the van, w...

  
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Dalkey Island: Stepping off the mainland
Maulin a day ago.
Every visit to an Island is such a unique experience. There is something magical about stepping off the mainland and being, even for a few hours on another Island. When thinking about visiting an ...

Summit Summary
Carran South Top: An uninspiring summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 3 days ago.
The shortest approach to Carran S top is from Bealick. Starting from Gougane Barra forest park W070 653 C. Follow trail to it's high point then head North to Bealick then follow a fence to Carran ...

  
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Near Brandon Group (Ireland)
Fergalo 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1112m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland) Piaras Mor thuai...

  
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Carran: Several approachs
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 3 days ago.
There is no direct approach to Carran. The options include taking in all 4 Carran summits from the west parking near a farmyard at the end of a yellow road W039 689 and follow a track from W043 68...


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