M Guide to Selecting and Using Ultralight GPS Systems
by Blake Morstad and Alan Dixon
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Article Summary:Proficiency with map and compass remains an essential backcountry skill. However, the addition of a few ounces to your navigation gear can dramatically increase your efficiency, distance covered, and safety. This article discusses the core components - and considerations for selecting them - of a GPS navigation "system" for the lightweight backpacker, including comprehensive discussion of the integration between GPS units and mapping software. The article serves as a foundation guide when shopping for GPS units and mapping software, and offers sound information for integrating a GPS unit with paper maps, mapping software, and auxiliary compasses and altimeters.
- GPS RECEIVER
- Weight and Price Comparison of Ultralight Navigation Systems
- Additional Features
- Battery Life and Reception Optimization
- Battery Life Optimization
- Battery Type
- Reception Optimization
- TOPOGRAPHIC MAP
- Routes/Waypoint Mapping
- Preparing Maps
- Coordinate Systems and Gridlines
- UTM Coordinates
- Latitude and Longitude Coordinates
- Choosing a Datum
- Other Advantages of Electronic Maps and GPS Waypoints
- GPS Mapping Software for All Maps
- APPENDIX: THE GPS SYSTEM
- GPS Signals
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