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L Danylblack4 - on 09 Jul 2018

What devices do you use to navigate while hiking and stay in touch with the outer world?

What gear you consider useless for hiking?

tlouth7 on 09 Jul 2018
In reply to Danylblack4:

Map and compass to navigate (call me old fashioned), maybe Garmin watch as a backup, though I might have to think about how to find lat and long on it, and how to get those onto the OS map.

Mobile phone for contacting the real world, having a Nokia brick with good battery life helps. I've always found UK upland areas have surprisingly good signal, for example getting a text while halfway up Fiacaill Ridge (II) in a blizzard to let us know that the ski-road was closing.

SLR for photos, or my companions normally have phones with good cameras.

Tringa on 09 Jul 2018
In reply to Danylblack4:

Map and compass. I also have OS Locate ( https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/os-locate ) on my phone, which gives you your 6 figure grid reference. I think  the combination of these three is a good use of old and new technology.

I have Viewranger on my phone too and sometimes use it, but to track where I have been than as a navigation aid.

I don't stay in touch with the outside world when I'm walking but most of my walks are day walks . However, even for day walks I always let some know in reasonable detail where I am going.

I don't know of any useless gear, but I have never found, in the UK, the need to have an altimeter.

Dave

nniff - on 09 Jul 2018
In reply to Danylblack4:

Map and compass.  Altimeter on a Casio watch.

I have a mobile phone.  That has a few useful OS maps things on it, but I've only ever used them at the side of the road when trying to work out a sensible route home on my bike.  Mostly the phone sits in a small dry bag in a warm pocket, with most things switched off, saving battery power in case it's needed.

Lots of gear is useless for hiking; I scarcely know where to start but, seeing as Wimbledon and the Tour de France are on, I'll open the betting with tennis rackets and speedsuits.

Stefan Jacobsen - on 09 Jul 2018
In reply to Danylblack4:

Shorter hikes: I use Gaia GPS on my iPhone for navigation, and usually, I don't need other gadgets for staying in touch. In flight mode and with dimmed screen the battery easily lasts a few of days.

Longer trekking: Map and compass as backup.

Wilderness: Previously I have used a Garmin satellite phone as backup. If I ever come to need such a device again, I will invest in a Garmin InReach Mini.


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