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Old 05-03-2010, 05:37 PM
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Re: GPS Dependability....

Reminds me of the time I was a paying passenger on a business trip on like a 2 prop 8 seater. I had the seat next to the pilot and shortly after takeoff he says to me look for a radio tower and when you see it let me know. So I did but, the whole time I'm thinking to myself "ya gatta be kidding". Next time I drove.
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:44 PM
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I was fishing in the marsh when my garman went dead (batterys)I am just glad that I was taught to check the time of the tides and found my way out
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." -- Cicero, 55 BC

.And we all know what happened to the Roman Empire .
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:57 PM
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Re: GPS Dependability....

A GPS and map go hand in hand...just like a compass and map....I always carry a compass in my pack and in some places probably use the compass more than the gps....My GPS has mapping that I loaded into it but when used with a larger map it really keeps things in perspective....The compass map and gps go hand in hand but if one fails you probably can get by with the other two.....for as little room as it takes in a pack makes sense to me to carry all three....

Just my .02,
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:53 PM
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I am just starting to use a GPS with any regularity but still use an old tip that was told to me once. Every now and then "turn around and look where you have come from". This gives you a perspective on where you have been from the view that you will use when returning. You will have a new perspective on landmarks and topography. Also some sneaky game will come out behind you to see what you were after you pass. I have also been tracked once by a cougar and 2 bears in seperate incidences. Never saw the cougar, did see the bears. Seeing cougar tracks overlying yours for a km or so sure will make the small hairs stand up. Also dont be fooled into thinking that bears are always noisy. They can be as quiet as a cat if they want to.
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:31 PM
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I have a defective and hardly used Garmin Etrex legend. Same problem as reported earlier in this thread, the screen goes blank, or gets so many lines its unreadable. Usually a simple twist of the unit itself straightens it out temporarily. I purchased a Magellan and can honestly say it seems like a more quality built unit that cost me less money.
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:23 PM
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I would never depend on a GPS solely if I were going to and area that i was not already familiar with. All explorers that I know about have some kind of back up or redundency.

Topo maps, and a compass are always the standard when going into the unknown.

Nat Lambeth
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:44 PM
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Rustystud, good point.
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