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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.

My $0.02.

John Rodgers 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, 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. >> >> Steve >> SKL Enterprises Inc. >> >> >> 888-797-5994 - orders >> 636-337-7700 - customer service > >

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