Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 17:38:29 -0500
Reply-To: John Rodgers <inua@CHARTER.NET>
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From: John Rodgers <inua@CHARTER.NET>
Subject: Re: Maps vs GPS
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I like maps.
I have hiked and canoed using topo maps and a compass, I've sailed using
navigation charts and a compass, I've flown in small airplanes all over
this vast land of ours - including all over Alaska using aeronautical
charts - both Sectional and WAC plus charts for instrument flying - both
government and Jeppeson. I like maps. Even with the finest of GPS
systems - I never want to be without a map. I learned early on to
navigate boat and airplane using a chart, a compass, and a clock with
sweep second hand. To be without those basic tools is anathema to a good
navigator. Any good navigator at both land or sea knows how dangerous it
can be to depend on something so whimsical as a device that runs on
electricity. GPS - nice - very nice - but far more comforting too have
the navigators tools of charts/maps, compass, watch and dividers and
know how to use them.
88 GL Driver
Dave Mcneely wrote:
> I've been so many places I can't remember them all. Way more than I can
> count. I've never been really lost, and I've never used a GPS in my
> personal (as opposed to professional, where I've had reasons beyond
> navigation) life. I backpack, and use topo sheets but not GPS. My
> daughter was instructed to climb one of the named stairway "streets" in
> Berkeley with her Corolla by her navigation system. Go figure. I just
> see no need to complicate my life beyond where it already is. Maps are
> a delight to peruse, and any nincompoop can use one if (s)he wants to.
> Me included (I'm a senior nincompoop). I have maps on the walls in my
> study where I sit at the moment. I also have them on the walls in my
> bedroom, my living room, my guest room, and in the hall. They are fun.
> I have books of maps, and files of maps.
> Try using a Garmin for an extra layer of insulation sometime. I did
> that with a map, high in the Chisos when it was colder than I expected.
> It made some small difference.
> David McNeely
> On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 5:24 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>> Maps rule if you have a copilot that reads maps. My son and I
>> travelled throughout Germany with just maps.
>> I travel now mostly by myself or with my wife as copilot. She is
>> nearly useless when it comes to maps, so our TomTom rules!
>> I always travel with a GPS and a road atlas.
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