Comments for WildernessDave.com http://wildernessdave.com ...Life, Love and Adventure from an Arizona Hiker... Sun, 24 May 2015 00:16:01 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 Comment on Backcountry Navigation: Compass Basics by Backcountry Navigation: Map Reading Basics - WildernessDave.com http://wildernessdave.com/backcountry-navigation-compass-basics/#comment-398643 Sun, 24 May 2015 00:16:01 +0000 http://wildernessdave.com/?p=2781#comment-398643 […] « Backcountry Navigation: Compass Basics […]

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Comment on Backcountry Navigation: Compass Basics by David Creech http://wildernessdave.com/backcountry-navigation-compass-basics/#comment-396182 Wed, 20 May 2015 15:53:59 +0000 http://wildernessdave.com/?p=2781#comment-396182 Mike,

Back up your back up, right? GPS is handy and nice, but not foolproof or absolute. You still need to have an understanding of your surroundings and where you are (supposed) to be headed. Otherwise it’s a blind man’s game. I’ve used my GPS a lot for tracking routes and I’ve come home to find those routes significantly OFF from what I actually traveled. That alone makes me very unlikely to RELY on GPS for navigation. It’s just another tool in the toolbox but can’t be the ONLY one you know how to use.

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Comment on Backcountry Navigation: Compass Basics by Michael Atkinson http://wildernessdave.com/backcountry-navigation-compass-basics/#comment-396180 Wed, 20 May 2015 15:46:37 +0000 http://wildernessdave.com/?p=2781#comment-396180 I was considered a subject matter expert in land navigation while in the army. I used GPS a lot while elk hunting when I lived in Wyoming. I knew my GPS was pointing and leading me away from my destination (back to camp) one time, but just to see what it would do I continued to follow the arrow on the screen for almost a half hour before it flipped around in the correct direction. I just can’t fully trust them even thought they are supposedly better now. Another technology item is the “spot” device. On a recent trek in the grand canyon one of my fellow hikers would activate the spot at our campsites each night to let loved ones know we were OK. Only one out of four would get the email and often they would receive the spot message a day or two after we had moved on to a new location. So, it’s good to know how to use a compass and a map.

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Comment on Backcountry Navigation: Compass Basics by David Creech http://wildernessdave.com/backcountry-navigation-compass-basics/#comment-391777 Mon, 11 May 2015 14:35:21 +0000 http://wildernessdave.com/?p=2781#comment-391777 Jeff,

Very true. You can usually find a place to take a class and practice the basics with some instruction. Maybe I’ll try to include a short list of places that offer instruction on the next post.

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Comment on Backcountry Navigation: Compass Basics by Jeff Hester http://wildernessdave.com/backcountry-navigation-compass-basics/#comment-391774 Mon, 11 May 2015 14:33:02 +0000 http://wildernessdave.com/?p=2781#comment-391774 Great post, Dave! Using a compass and map to navigate is one of the skills I first learned in scouting. When we were preparing to hike the John Muir Trail, we took a (free!) refresher course at our local REI.

Here in SoCal, both REI and the local Sierra Club chapters have course where you can get field experience learning to use a map and compass. If you’re traveling in the wilderness, these are essential skills.

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Comment on Solo Travel: How Far Will You Go? by David Creech http://wildernessdave.com/solo-travel-how-far-will-you-go/#comment-388841 Wed, 06 May 2015 23:11:43 +0000 http://wildernessdave.com/?p=2766#comment-388841 I wear a t-shirt that says “Pull up your big girl panties and get moving”…..

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Comment on Solo Travel: How Far Will You Go? by Heidi Nicole || run.around.aroo http://wildernessdave.com/solo-travel-how-far-will-you-go/#comment-388783 Wed, 06 May 2015 21:49:54 +0000 http://wildernessdave.com/?p=2766#comment-388783 One huge perk of solo travel rather than travel with friends/acquaintances is that fact you’re only responsible for you. You know your skills, you know how prepared you are and you have no one pushing you past your limits.

Of course…then you also have no one to listen to you on a bad day or tell you to pull up your big girl panties and get moving!

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Comment on Solo Travel: How Far Will You Go? by Derek Loranger http://wildernessdave.com/solo-travel-how-far-will-you-go/#comment-388649 Wed, 06 May 2015 17:20:54 +0000 http://wildernessdave.com/?p=2766#comment-388649 I think we are on the same wavelength, my friend.

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Comment on GeigerRig introduces the Ultimate Backpack for parents… by Best Travel Backpack For Moms | Home http://wildernessdave.com/review/geigerrig-introduces-the-ultimate-backpack-for-parents/#comment-388282 Wed, 06 May 2015 00:55:20 +0000 http://wildernessdave.com/?post_type=reviews&p=1906#comment-388282 […] GeigerRig introduces the ultimate backpack for parents – Mar 7, 2013 … The Rig MOM is a true backpack for parents… … Category: Backpack; Best Use: Multi-use; Testing Location: Around town, park, trail, market … […]

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Comment on Birthday in Bedrock… by Solo Travel: How Far Will You Go? - WildernessDave.com http://wildernessdave.com/birthday-in-bedrock/#comment-388281 Wed, 06 May 2015 00:52:35 +0000 http://wildernessdave.com/?p=2133#comment-388281 […] and go see what we can find, always making sure we’re open to surprises and plan changes (Bedrock, New Orleans). But I have more flexibility in my schedule than my wife does, more opportunity to […]

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