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Exploring with GPS: For hunters, rescue teams, hikers, mountain bikers, anglers, geocachers, backpackers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, boaters, ... who uses recreational GPS in the outdoors Paperback – April 4, 2012
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The author has a serious problem- he doesn't know what he wants to do when he grows up. Meanwhile, he's done such things as wildland fire fighting, running a mountain shop, flying airplanes, shooting photos, and writing books. He's a backcountry skier, climber, figure skater, mountain biker, amateur radio operator, river runner, and sea kayaker- but the thing that really floats his boat is hiking and backpacking. No matter what else he tries, the author always come back to hiking- especially long, rough, cross-country trips in places like the Grand Canyon. Some people never learn. But what little he has learned, he's willing share with you- via his books, of course, but also via his websites, blogs, and whatever works.
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♦ Good discussion of how routes and waypoints can be used.
♦ Novel section on "Planning a Paddle." I never thought of that use.
♦ Good information on emergency supplies to carry with you when hiking in remote areas.
♦ Discussion of GPS "pitfalls." Amazingly, as the author points out, many users don't even bring spare batteries for their GPS. Guess what happens if the batteries fail?
♦ Links to the major GPS manufacturers
♦ Surprising section on how the US military can jam GPS operation over certain areas. I didn't know that! Would have liked to see some citations or links explaining more about that.
The main drawback of this book is not really the fault of the author or editor. It's simply that a book so tied to modern technology will of necessity be lagging behind current technology. For example, many of the illustrations appear to not be using the latest models. So, the information is still useful, but the pictures can be a bit misleading. I noticed the same drawback in the discussion of using GPS units for Geocaching; the Garmin units have drastically changed (and improved) just in a few years.
√ All in all, EXPLORING WITH GPS is a well-written, well-designed overview of many aspects of using a GPS. It's true that many aspects of GPS technology are rapidly changing, so keep that factor in mind when considering a purchase of any GPS.
While advanced GPS users may find the introductory level of explanations to be a little boring, I'm quite certain that even they can find something helpful.
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