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Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS

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Offline venchka

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2016, 12:31:33 PM »
I want to know more about the 6 days in Alberta. Where? What was it like?
Thanks!
Wayne


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Offline Lance

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2016, 03:45:55 PM »
El Hombre getting a GPS device? A disturbance in the Force indeed.
BK's comments are on point and that's basically what I do too.
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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2016, 04:05:56 PM »
I find that gadgets like GPS and cameras and phones are constant distraction from the now moment. I find myself always thinking about capture a moment to share with others.
I realize I was missing out on alot of the now moment for myself.

I would also get stressed loading tracks and waypoints...and ended spending countless hours in front of the computer that I wish I can have back. And I wished I had spend the money on better stuff instead, like an high-end backpack.

And there's the crutch argument.  That we will lose our innate orienteering skills to the modern crutch of gps.
« Last Edit: October 25, 2016, 04:18:24 PM by nopainnogain »

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2016, 06:35:44 PM »
I find that gadgets like GPS and cameras and phones are constant distraction from the now moment. I find myself always thinking about capture a moment to share with others.
I realize I was missing out on alot of the now moment for myself.

I would also get stressed loading tracks and waypoints...and ended spending countless hours in front of the computer that I wish I can have back. And I wished I had spend the money on better stuff instead, like an high-end backpack.

And there's the crutch argument.  That we will lose our innate orienteering skills to the modern crutch of gps.

A GPS is a useful tool and a piece of safety equipment - IMHO
Not all those who wander are lost.
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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2016, 08:56:03 PM »
I find that gadgets like GPS and cameras and phones are constant distraction from the now moment. I find myself always thinking about capture a moment to share with others.
I realize I was missing out on alot of the now moment for myself.

I would also get stressed loading tracks and waypoints...and ended spending countless hours in front of the computer that I wish I can have back. And I wished I had spend the money on better stuff instead, like an high-end backpack.

And there's the crutch argument.  That we will lose our innate orienteering skills to the modern crutch of gps.

I see both points of view. Sometimes I take a GPS, sometimes not. A lot depends upon whether I think I can get into serious trouble without one. Frankly there are very few instances where that is the case. I try to maintain my natural navigation instincts, part science and part intuition.  On the other hand, a GPS is an outstanding tool for recording the location of things that need remembering, especially things whose location one might want to share with a wider audience.  Much the same with a camera. Whereas I have absolutely experienced "lens-inflicted tunnel vision" to the detriment of really being fully present to my environment and situation, I also enjoy being able to later show others what I've seen. The jury is out on whether I remember wilderness experiences better with the aid of a fiddly photo, or the benefit of a more vividly lived moment. Ask me on my deathbed.
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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2016, 08:58:39 PM »
A smartphone, however, is a godsend. if only because it's a handy little computer that I can load up with field guides. If you should ever happen upon me in the wilderness and find me actually using it to make a phone call, you have my permission - in fact, my encouragement - to shoot me.
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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2016, 09:01:58 PM »
Final comment: since I (quite literally) live and die by the detailed spring and tinaja reports of talented and hard-working scouts like El Hombre, I want to come out strongly in favor of his getting a GPS.   :icon_wink:
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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2016, 11:01:06 AM »
nopainnogain I am with you on people losing their innate orienteering skills or never learning them.  I came to GPS late and minimally but do like it as a speedy way to check location especially when going off trail (mostly in canyon country) even though I usually have done a good enough job keeping track of where I am

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2016, 11:11:30 AM »
Well, speak of the devil!  ME...I was just reading your trip report (December 2011, I think?) from the lower Quemadas in which you list the Holux M-241 GPS as one of your new, valued pieces of equipment.  I'm re-thinking my electronics, trying to lighten or consolidate my equipment. I'm considering the Holux as one optional improvement (I currently use an OLD Etrex). I'm a little concerned about battery life. I know you report 17+ hours, but I'm wondering about using it on really long trips (a week, two weeks, longer).  Looks like the Holux doesn't accept rechargeable batteries. If that's the case, then a long trip could require carrying 5, 10, 15 replacement batteries. Or, I suppose an alternative would be to use it only when necessary to check or record a position, and not for continuous route logging. Are you still using the Holux? if so, what are your thoughts on it?
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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2016, 11:13:24 AM »
By the way, that was an OUTSTANDING trip and report.  :great:
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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2016, 11:39:22 AM »
Still using it mostly to turn on and check location, that way 1 lithium AA lasts for weeks.  When do record tracks I can get 2 days off a battery by just turning it on as I start in the morning and off when I get to camp as long as the days are not really long like 10-12 hrs walking.

Thanks for the kind words about the trip report

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #26 on: October 27, 2016, 12:15:14 PM »
Thanks. That's the info I needed on the Holux.  And thank YOU for the trip reports. They're always outstanding. Next best thing to being there and, in many cases, places I haven't (yet :D) been.
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Offline Robert

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #27 on: October 28, 2016, 12:39:54 PM »
Another advantage of using the GPS is that you can tag your photos with the lat/long coordinates based off your track log (as long as you synch the time on both camera and gps). I use Lightroom for this but there are other tools to do it. In Lightroom I can import the track log and display in the map view. The photos show up along the track log as icons and you can click them to pop them up.

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Offline Lance

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #28 on: October 28, 2016, 01:58:23 PM »
Another advantage of using the GPS is that you can tag your photos with the lat/long coordinates based off your track log (as long as you synch the time on both camera and gps). I use Lightroom for this but there are other tools to do it. In Lightroom I can import the track log and display in the map view. The photos show up along the track log as icons and you can click them to pop them up.

+1 on that. A handy feature of Lightroom.

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Re: Help me please. I'm going to buy a GPS
« Reply #29 on: October 28, 2016, 02:00:48 PM »
Another advantage of using the GPS is that you can tag your photos with the lat/long coordinates based off your track log (as long as you synch the time on both camera and gps). I use Lightroom for this but there are other tools to do it. In Lightroom I can import the track log and display in the map view. The photos show up along the track log as icons and you can click them to pop them up.

+1 on that. A handy feature of Lightroom.

Just make sure you sync the clock on the camera to GPS time...camera clocks drift...GPS time doesn't.
Not all those who wander are lost.
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