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View Diary: Dkos Tour Series: Hiking The Honaker Trail (Down To The Goosenecks) (44 comments)

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  •  Echoing your advice about paper maps (5+ / 0-)

    It amazes me how many people wander into  backcountry and other unfamiliar places with only an electronic device. Apparently some people don't realize that the world is not uniformly covered with cell towers. When you've got heavy terrain, signal can be blocked and/or attenuated to the point that the battery is drained much faster than is typical, if you have signal at all.

    Real maps are your friend.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:45:06 AM PDT

    •  p. s. to that comment. . . (6+ / 0-)

      I never trust a GPS device in the backcountry (and I used to be a GPS surveyor type with the Forest Service (in Prescott, AZ). Learning orienteering with a topo and a compass is all that's needed; no batteries; no electronics that might fail; and I can triangulate and beat any GPS gadget besides. When you make a living off the backcountry, by way of navigating with maps and compasses, there is more reliance on the hiker and less on modernity's toys. Maps can be downloaded online or procured at regional FS, NPS, or BLM offices that cover the jurisdiction of any national park, monument, state park, or ruins. And, yes, real maps are friends. Now that I think about it, I am considering working up a diary on wilderness survival, which will include working with maps and compasses. I just have to make sure kos is covered for liability if someone takes the information, screws up and holds the diary liable. HA! (No worries: I have plenty of medical-legal savvy that let's all of us off the hook. Caveat emptor can also be changed to "Hiker beware!"

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:53:28 AM PDT

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