Hiking with a GPS

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 requires preparation. Users have to decide whether they will use the Global Positioning system exclusively for the purpose of knowing their specific position on the globe, prepare specific points on the globe whose bearings they want to work toward, or download specific hiking GPS maps that can guide users along trails and roads that they are using to go where they need to. Downloading these maps means that hikers only need their device and can follow the map at their will. Without a specific map, it is important to have a destination in mind and use the device to pursue that specific location.

The hikers Global Positioning System functions in a way very similar to the standard compass, but it offers far more accuracy and requires far less work to maintain positioning. Because of that, there is limited need to adjust, when using the device during the hike, or to confirm location when there is confusion. Thus, the hiker is less involved in the details and more concerned with enjoying the journey.
When using a Hiking GPS device, users can depend on the Global Positioning System to guide them and devote more attention to enjoying the world they set out to explore, whether out in the woods or exploring in unfamiliar urban terrain.

Brad Timinski is owner of GPS City, and offers garmin and other hiking gps systems available with unmatched on-line store experience. With over 20 years of direct engineering, marketing, and customer service experience in the Global Positioning System industry, he is uniquely qualified to offer top-level customer service and support. GPS City sells to thousands of customers in Canada, the USA, and worldwide. They range from small businesses to many Fortune 500 companies. From major universities and technical colleges to the Pentagon, Canada’s DND, military and other government institutions.

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