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Product Details

  • Series: Outdoor Navigation with GPS
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; Third Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899976506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899976501
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stephen W. Hinch is a breath of fresh air...[this book] is expert advice from a very experienced teacher." -- Fred Zahradnik, About.com GPS, February 2008 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stephen Hinch has taught courses in GPS navigation to police and fire personnel, park rangers, search-and-rescue staff, and recreational outdoor enthusiasts since 1998. When he was young, his avid rockhound parents would pack up the family and head out to remote desert locations in search of semi-precious stones nearly every weekend. These desert explorations honed his navigational skills and taught him the importance of not getting lost.

More About the Author

Steve Hinch has 35 years of experience in the high technology industry, including senior management positions in R&D, marketing, and business general management at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. Trained as an electrical engineer, he holds three patents and has authored four books. As a recognized leader in the industry's transition to surface mount technology, in 1989 he was awarded the IPC President's Award for outstanding service in the advancement of the electronics industry. An expert on GPS navigation, he is the author of Outdoor Navigation with GPS, a bestselling guide to the subject. Steve is an active hiker and outdoor photographer who especially likes hiking and photographing the landscapes of the American southwest. He is President of TeamLogic IT in Santa Rosa, California, a provider of computer support and network design services for small and medium size businesses.

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This book has to be the bible of handheld GPS navigation.
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So I checked out 8 books on GPS from the Portland library and found every one of them lacking except this one.
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It is well organized, easy to understand, and has lots of useful illustrations.
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Ariel on March 14, 2007
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It's a great book geared towards navigating in the outdoors in particular, rather than autonavigation, marine navigation, etc. It goes in depth into how to use bearings, orienting yourself, direction finding, and a substantial amount of info in navigating without a GPS by using a compass, paper topo maps, the sun, the stars, and so forth.

It is, by design, not an outdoor survival guide, but it does cover the basics for hiking and points to more detailed sources when necessary.

I really enjoyed how well the author taught the concepts of latitude, longitude, bearings, datums, declination, and so forth.

Towards the end of the book, the author even includes some fun GPS-based games you can organize, discusses geocaching, and compares different GPS receiver models.

This book goes beyond the receiver's manual and actually teaches you how to navigate. One of the big points it makes is to find what direction you need to go, find an intermediate waypoint, PUT YOUR RECEIVER AWAY, and head off in the proper direction. This keeps you from walking over poison ivy, off of cliffs, into trees, and generally aware of your surroundings. Once you get to your intermediate destination, pull the receiver out and find your next step. I'm new to wilderness navigation and this was certainly an "aha" moment. Who wants to be focusing on the GPS device the whole time when you could be taking in the beauty of your surroundings instead!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Anderson on February 8, 2007
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Manuals are sorely incomplete and other books I checked out didn't get to the point. This book does while providing all the information anyone could ever want without overwhelming the reader. This book is very well written, enjoyable to read and a great teacher of what any GPS owner really wants to know. Of all the titles out there, this is the one.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on August 5, 2006
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This is the best book I've found for learning how to use GPS in the outdoors. It is well organized, easy to understand, and has lots of useful illustrations. I also like the fact that it is more than just a book on GPS. It also includes detailed chapters on map and compass navigation and primitive navigation techniques for use in emergencies. It is organized into 5 parts, starting with the simplist techniques and building from there. In Part 1, you learn the concepts of waypoints and bearings. Some people may never need to know more than this. Part 2 teaches you about latitude and longitude, as well as a chapter on geocaching. Part 3 covers advanced navigation using topographic maps. Part 4, titled "Recovering from Disaster" shows you what to do if your GPS fails. Part 5 describes fun ways to use your GPS and includes a GPS selection guide. As usual with electronics, this chapter is a little dated now, but the rest of the book is still relevant if even you have a newer GPS. There is also an interesting final chapter called GPS FAQs that answers a number of unusual questions.

The only negative, and it's a minor one, is that most of the GPS screen shots show Garmin receivers. But the explanations in the text are general enough that I had no problem applying them to my Magellan eXplorist.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By E. Briggs on August 12, 2006
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I just opened my new copy of Stephen Hinch's book Outdoor Navigation with GPS. It's great, exactly what I was looking for; I just devoured the first 39 pages. Even better, I was able to explain some terminology and how the GPS works to my husband, who uses one all the time for work but didn't know about almanac data, ephemeris data, and PRN codes.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning how to use a GPS.

I have belonged to a search and rescue team for 2 years. Before reading this book, never really felt that I had learned what I needed to know.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bearberry on January 12, 2007
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This book is full of practical tips and technical information and the writing style is very straightforward. Since reading this book, I'm using my GPS correctly, I understand all the features and setup, plus I learned some safety tips for hiking. I'm new to GPS so every word of this book was informative for me, but I think even experienced hikers and GPSers will find facts they didn't know and appreciate the writing style and the author's enthusiasm for the outdoors.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve on March 7, 2007
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I use the Garmin GPS Map60CSx. As other reviewers have noted, this book (or one like it) is a critical accessory for new, recreational GPS owners like me. The manual tells you what buttons to push to activate the different functions of your receiver. But the manual doesn't tell you how to combine your receiver's various functions in order to actually accomplish something useful. This book filled in that gap for me. If you're new to GPS navigation, I strongly recommend it. It is easy to understand, and covers just enough technical detail so that you know what's going on behind the scenes without getting lost in it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Kemper VINE VOICE on August 24, 2007
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It would be nice if every piece of electronics a person buys didn't require hours of reading and studying to use. And the fact is, if you just want to do the basics, you don't need to read much. But to really make use of all the features of a good GPS, and understand the basics of how it works, you do need to read more than the manual that comes with it. This book does the job quite nicely. I can now do things with the GPS that I couldn't do before, and I even know a bit about how it works.
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