Story of missing hiker in Joshua Tree NP

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Re: Story of missing hiker in Joshua Tree NP

Postby Perry » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:27 pm

I noticed that Caltopo released an app 2 months ago for Android: ...

Discussion here: ... ed_an_app/
Somebody mentioned Alpine Quest as a 1-time purchase.
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Re: Story of missing hiker in Joshua Tree NP

Postby zippetydude » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:51 pm

Roger that, Myth. My first experience with a compass and topo was when I was 16, with my dad, on an official and very well marked trail. My first impression was, "How on Earth do people make sense of these squiggly lines, turning them mentally into land forms?" By the end of that short trip, it was becoming obvious that someone very brilliant had devised the technique. It was fun spotting ridgelines, knobs, ravines, flats, and of course, cliffs were the easiest of all to pick out. To this day, when I use Gaia, I am essentially just using it to provide close up views of topos, and they are so accurate and helpful that I can, generally within a few steps, tell if I am off course. Being old and old school, I bring a printed topo and an ancient compass just in case...which has proven useful. In finding my way from the far eastern turn on the Forsee switchback xc over to the SF trail (intersecting the old pre-wilderness designation road) my phone did not get enough gps data to help, even as a compass. But, with my cheap little plastic water/bubble/magnetized arrow compass, I was able to easily find my way. The combination is almost undefeatable, and the fun in using it only makes the adventure more fun. Perhaps the two best partners in navigation are up-to-date technology, which is at times highly fallible, and old school technology, which is slightly less precise but largely immune to terrain and reception problems. How fun is that?

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Re: Story of missing hiker in Joshua Tree NP

Postby Cy Kaicener » Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:18 pm

Missing San Diego man found dead at Joshua Tree NP ... 192?fbclid
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