+rooboy Posted December 8, 2003 Share Posted December 8, 2003 This subject was raised a little while ago, and at that time I thought that real me didn't use a manual compass. After all, what is a GPSr used for? Well I have seen the error of my ways and now take a "good old compass" with me on every geocaching expedition. As many of us have experienced, a GPSr is not the best compass. First you need a signal, and then you need to walk in a straight line, for a couple of paces, before the GPSr can calculate your heading. But I have had most use for my manual compass when I have gone geocaching in areas I am not familar with. Which direction are we walking in? I think we are going south. No I think that we are goind west? Huh? Anyone have any other manual compass experiences? As an aside, it is revelaing how easily it is for the human to get disorientated, whether it be in one dimension (time), two dimensions (bushwalking in featureless terrain), or three dimensions (flying in cloud--you should not be using VFR to do this!). Ciao RooBoy Quote Link to comment
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