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Old 08-18-2016, 05:12 PM   #26
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Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: In the mountains
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We all use our map and compass when we hike and backpack. In this busy world, I find myself using marked trails more often as I want to get to a desired location with the available time I have. Maybe the extra few hours will get me to "X" rather than to "Y".

I have to remind myself to spend more time going off trail and seeking new points of interest never seen before. The exercises alone will keep the map and compass and navigational skills honed. Sometimes, it's also fun to get off course, scratch you head and wonder how that happened, and find an alternate route to the desired location.

My GPS is always with me but I would consider it a defeat to have to put the map down and use the GPS for navigation purposes.

I've hiked with friends who live out west and, in the open spaces where they hike, landmarks are always easy to find on the map. In the dense forests of the Adirondacks, where I always seem to be under the canopy of trees, reading the subtlety of terrain features, as Wldrns said, becomes a more important skill.
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