When going off any beaten track I always take a GPS, spare batteries, a
magnetic compass, and maps if obtainable. Then there are the other
things to take note of before setting off - any visible landscape
features, fences, sun position, wind direction, cloud direction,
orientation of any roads which might have traffic noises.
I lost myself once for twenty minutes in mallee scrub without any of
these, never again. I got out by listening for traffic and bisecting
the noise start /finish directions. Luckily a vehicle went by within
earshot. I emerged half a kilometre from where I had gone in.
On Behalf Of Alan Gillanders
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 6:09 PM
To: Dave & Marj;
Subject: The perfect phone for a birder?
I agree with you.
My off the beaten track walking is usually done in dense rainforest
the tools you mention are useful but limited.