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2012-09-04 14:11:54
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“I agree with anyone that says that a map and compass and knowledge to use them should always be taken. I don't agree that a compass should be part of the primary means of navigation since using one is slow, cumbersome and error prone.”

Who on earth contributed that to the newsletter? It’s seriously irresponsible. If you’ve a map and compass and you’re slow, cumbersome and error prone then you’ve not the knowledge to use them.

I’m not arguing GPS users are anyway inherently worse people than compass users but they’ve less idea about navigation – they don’t have to know where they are at every moment, so they’re less aware. Me and my mates all are compass navigators though the other two carry GPS, one as back up, the other to download actual route travelled. The one time we tried GPS versus compass in Scotland’s decidedly bigger, more challenging terrain, GPS was faster because you had to stop to check the map and compass at course changes but I’d guess the difference was 5 minutes over an hour. There were no signs of differences of accuracy in the navigation.

I’m not saying I haven’t been error prone with a compass, I have been, and quite spectacularly, but that was me not the compass. I’ve also seen a GPS user making the fatal error of starting at the wrong car park and audibly blaming his device. As with most of these things, operator error’s at the root .

Get so you can use a compass and map easily then use the system you fancy. But map and compass are more fun.
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