|Subject:||RE: Free Phone App for emergency GPS co ordinates etc|
|From:||Matthew Willis <>|
|Date:||Mon, 1 Feb 2016 03:52:21 +0000|
I once made the mistake of going off-track in Namadgi relying on a GPS app and downloaded maps stored on my phone. I had a backup power supply. None of this helped me at all when I lost the phone from my pocket while going through heavy scrub. Without backup navigation tools and with the loss of line of sight that can happen almost instantly out there, I was totally lost. Luckily a friend had convinced me not long before to buy a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). It was - quite possibly literally - a life saver.
Phone-based apps can be excellent, but my advice is not to rely on them as your all-in-one solution if deviating from constructed and maintained tracks. As well as the PLB, I won't go anywhere away from signed and frequently-trod trails now without a GPS receiver (they can be had from around $200), a compass and a decent topographic map (and various other emergency bits and pieces). GPSr batteries will last a lot longer than a phone battery and PLBs have batteries that last unused for about seven years and when activated send a very precise location signal (automatically picked up by the rescue coordination centre) for at least 24 hours continuously.
I realise this group is about birding and not some of the hiking done by other groups I belong to (like the Canberra and Brindabella Bushwalking Clubs) but since the topic came up, I hope no-one minds me throwing my two cents' worth it.
On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:57 PM, Martin <> wrote:
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