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Re: off topic: GPS
I use GPS on a professional level.. Engineering & Land Surveying.. I also have a Magellan mounted in my sammy... It works great but sucks up batteries like crazy... 4 AA batteries every 3 hours. So, I bought the external power kit and external antenna mount Works great.. The learning curve may take time. Stick to the manual and Just keep playing with it and you'll get the idea... You need a good signal to start...
As for GPS sites there are tons of them but, look for one geared for the handheld and try to stay away from the detailed sites they will only confuse you. You don't need to know how it works ( very very complicated PDOP SS etc.) to become a master of how to use them..
One very important note... They give DIRECT pointing directions (North 15 degrees to your trail head) this is a straight line. It doesn't mean there are trails going this way. If you want to go the way you came to get back. You must learn and use the Tracking, backpoint and Waypoint method to backtrack. Also, take readings 100 yards before ( not at the trail intersections) you make each turn ( a quick push of one button )so you can find your way back. If you copy the intersection it means nothing to you when you arrive going home juast that you're there. Then which trail do you go? 1oo yards up the trail points you in the direction you came!!! It helps to have a passenger to read the GPS while you drive too..
Caught by the "ZOOKIE OBSESSION" bug. ZOOKIE ZOOKIE ZOOKIE ZOOK.......