Merely having a GPS is not enough when you’re hiking – you have to know how to use it. Taking the time to prepare yourself can make a huge difference in your activities.
Though the compass and map have traditionally been the reliable tool of hikers, the Global Positioning System has become an essential tool for many hikers on trips – regardless of the length.
With Global Positioning Systems hikers can access their exact position on the globe, and, if using a 3D fix, users can also know their altitude. Many devices are battery operated and hand-held; often small enough to put into the pocket. Zoom in and out functions allow users to know where they are in relation to their immediate surroundings, or get a better sense of the lay of the land beyond them as well as surrounding them.
GPS style hiking can be critically useful, but it …