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I carry a compass with me because for the pointer arrow of the GPS to indicate the correct direction the GPS must be constantly moving so that it can continually correct itself. Since I am usually fairly still as I get near the site I just read the degree bearing off the compass rose on the GPS, ignore the arrow itself and then rely on the compass alone. At this time I can also power down the satellite search function and save battery life.

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I know that as you get closer to a cache your heading, (forget the politically correct term) keeps bouncing around. But is the bearing always right, so that I cuold just use a normal compass?

Yes, and no. The direction and distance readings are subject to the same errors as are causing the directional arrow to jump around.

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