using GPS units for not getting lost in the scrub

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Subject: using GPS units for not getting lost in the scrub
From: Vicki Powys <>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 11:39:10 +1000
on 10/10/01 4:49 PM, Bob&Sadhana at  wrote:

(re: when in the mallee)
> You can park the
> car and easily just wander off almost unhindered in any direction (GPS's are
> wonderful for not getting lost) chasing that elusive call or flutter.

Re this comment to Birding Aus on GPS units, I also know from personal
experience that the mallee and similar habitats are ideal not only for
birding, but also for getting lost in!

I'm now using a GPS unit (the most basic Magellan unit available from RAOU)
for atlassing.  I've tried it out around home for "not getting lost" and
I've found I really need to use a magnetic compass in conjunction with the
GPS unit, to find direction accurately.  Is this what other people do?
Perhaps there are more precise units than mine?

To find North via my GPS, I need first to take a reading, then proceed at a
fast gallop for 20-30 metres before the corrected north arrow shows up on
the GPS screen, and fast gallops are not possible on mountain tops, or in
scrub.  Hence the compass.   Any other ideas?  Are there better units than
the one I have?

Vicki Powys

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