not getting lost in the scrub, despite using a GPS

Subject: not getting lost in the scrub, despite using a GPS
From: Laurie & Leanne Knight <>
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 18:01:19 +1000
Andrew Taylor wrote:
> Early this year, I tried chasing frogs on rainy nights off-the-track in
> reasonably rugged country in the Blue Mountains.  My navigation skills
> could be better, but I'd navigated these areas easily in daylight just
> using the topography.  But in the rain at night I found it much more
> difficult.
> The vegetation might not be as heavy as where Laurie walks - but I could
> get GPS fixes intermittantly with my Garmin 12XL.  It was great for saving
> the locations of frog breeding locations that I might want return to,
> and generally very comforting to confirm where I was.
> Even as a technophile, I agree with recommendations to also carry a
> compass.  When walking I always have a compass in my a pocket (tagged to
> a belt loop) - convenient so it takes only a few seconds to glance at it.
> I also have one of those little combination compass/thermometers (with
> wind chill table on back) sold by the Australian Geographic store,
> attached to my daypack.  It seems like a useful emergency backup - I
> haven't had to use it but its a few years old and the compass still works.

Yes, when navigating beneath a thick canopy an altimeter is a useful aid
- since you should know which ridge/creek you are on/in, you can then
reconcile your position with the map.  Of course altimeters are verboten
in rogaines ...

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