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aidand
2012-01-19 16:05:54
GPS Systems
I reckon it depends on two things - your budget and how techy you are. I have used a Garmin Etrek Summit for a few years. I never got around to linking it to a PC. A lot of the time it stays in the bottom of my rucksack. On the bigger hills I put in a few waypoints with grid references off this site or read off a map. This is very laborious so I try to do this at home the night before a trip. They are a great comfort when navigating in poor conditions.

The most useful function of a GPS is that it gives you an accurate position. Even if you never use it for anything else this can get you out of difficulty if the weather closes in.
There are expensive models with built in mapping. Great if you can afford them, but the mapping will go out of date and units can get lost, damaged etc.
I prefer paper maps. They are cheap enough to buy or replace and great for planning new routes. These are my thoughts - there are more techy people out there who get a kick out of uploading routes etc. good luck to them.
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Summit Comment
Mangerton North Top: On the way to Mangerton
MountainHunter a day ago.
I started at Point A car park and followed the path. At about 520m (-9.4817 51.9882) the path swings westward, as you walk along the path, the coum for the Devil's Punchbowl comes into view. After...

  
Summit Comment
Slieve Bawn: No longer a drive-up
TommyMc a day ago.
A series of new road barriers means that it's no longer possible to drive further than the car park on the Strokestown side. A very pleasant walk uphill from the car park to the summit and back to...

  
Summit Comment
Knockalongy South-West Top: Choose your highest point
madfrankie a day ago.
Whichever turfy outcrop is the highest point now may not be in 10 years time.

Summit Comment
Knockalongy South-West Top: Beware of the barrier
madfrankie a day ago.
We followed sandman's route to the summit which is probably the best way to explore Knockalongy and its satellites. Gentle gradients but many eroded peat hags. Worth noting that the forest barrier...

  
Track
Carrauntoohil via the 'Back Ladder' from the Bridia Valley
peter1 3 days ago.
Park at a small turning place, just opposite The Stepping Stone / Cooky Monsters accommodation and cafe.The route fol... walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 1097m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (I

  
Summit Comment
Binn Bhriocáin: Long views of a stepped descent.
simon3 5 days ago.
Letterbreckaun can be seen from Clare island, around 33km away. It appears between Mweelrea and the high ground towards the Sheefrys.

Track
Kate's to John's - Na Sléibhte Club Walk
GSheehy 3 days ago.
When we set up the club we said it was all about the economics of supply and demand - if we supplied challenging walk... walk, Len: 24.9km, Climb: 2015m, Area: Tomies North Top, Purple Mountain (Irel

  
Summit Comment
Mweelrea: Coastal mountains
simon3 5 days ago.
Ben Bury and Mweelrea form an impressive sight from Clare Island.

  
Track
Croghan Kinsella & Tops
Peter Walker 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 9.6km, Climb: 411m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)...

Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot a week ago.
The summit is unremarkable though easy to spot as it lies along the fence.

  
Track
Corrigasleggaun and Slieve Maan
Peter Walker 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 17.8km, Climb: 541m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrigasleggaun,...

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot a week ago.
There is a gate to cross when coming down from the cairn at the NE end of the main Caherbarnagh ridge (I found it was actually easier to cross the fence just right of the gate). There is a faint t...


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