using GPS units for not getting lost in the scrub

Subject: using GPS units for not getting lost in the scrub
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 13:35:54 +1000
Steve Clark wrote:

>Experienced folk always recommend carrying a compass as well.  I must get one

>and learn how to use it -  maybe a christmas present hint.

I think it's foolhardy indeed to venture off into the middle of nowhere with
ONLY a GPS as guidance.  What if the batteries go flat or you drop it and break
it!!??  Always carry a compass as well (and know how to use it!).  It's tempting
to rely solely on the GPS to return to base, but rather risky.  It's hard to
beat a good sense of direction, taking note of landmarks and position of the
sus/stars, backed up by GPS/compass.  Maps come in handy as well .....


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