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Philtheetiler   on 04/07/17 @ 10:34 said:

Here is the answer to the map v satnav debate !

Heathervalley   on 04/07/17 @ 10:45 said:

Perhaps not, PTT, as I am an idiot! I like to use maps and guide books. I walked half of Mersea Island along the coast, maples, then the path was closed due to coastal erosion so there was an inland detour. I loved the sea view, and the view of a sailing barge and kite surfers, so turned round and walked back the way I'd come. It was worth it for the views, but unfortunately without the satisfaction of having walked all the way around the island. Bet you wish you hadn't commented on my thread!

Heathervalley   on 04/07/17 @ 10:46 said:

Mapless not maples!

M3   on 04/07/17 @ 11:36 said:

Have a few macalluns and you won't care about the map. In fact you may go the whole way round backwards, one step forward two back enjoy it however you manage to do it.

Philtheetiler   on 04/07/17 @ 11:58 said:

Whichever way don't have too many MacallAns and fall off the edge of

Heathervalley   on 04/07/17 @ 16:47 said:

Hello drinkers from another thread!



Heathervalley   on 04/07/17 @ 21:16 said:

Test your ideas about navigation with 3 groups of walkers, one with maps and one with GPS doing the same walk, and a control group with no maps or GPS, perhaps to a distillery, to see who arrives at the destination first and which group (if any) returns.

Philtheetiler   on 05/07/17 @ 9:40 said:

Heathervalley: good idea. This could be held in any part of the country as there are now Gin distilleries everywhere !

Chris50   on 07/07/17 @ 22:19 said:

Yes Heather, it's quite easy without a map but there are a number of sections that a high tide might cause you difficulties. Also the bit near the causeway, might be difficult if you don't know the way. Which way are you walking? And where are you starting from? It's a great walk with lots of different environments.

Bentravla   on 08/07/17 @ 17:45 said:

A random thought.... eBay usually has used Garmin gps units with England, Wales, Scotland 50k mapping at very reasonable prices (I got a Garmin Oregon for ?85). Then you have the entire coastline with footpaths, so long as you have AA batteries

Bentravla   on 08/07/17 @ 17:47 said:

the ? should be GB Pound sign!

Philtheetiler   on 08/07/17 @ 21:13 said:

Bentravla: Does your gps show Gin Distilleries ?

Bentravla   on 09/07/17 @ 0:22 said:

Certainly not! Only single malt whisky establishments ☺️

Heathervalley   on 09/07/17 @ 8:03 said:

A map doesn't rely on batteries. When you unfold a map, you're unfolding a potential adventure, which is more fun if it is shared with friends.

NiftyFifty   on 09/07/17 @ 20:24 said:

Viewranger app on a smartphone works quite well too, the free maps are not bad, but you can buy detailed OS maps for it although they can be expensive, also good for tracking any routes you do as well so you can check where you went wrong later, I have a powerpack backup to charge the phone when needed too

Philtheetiler   on 10/07/17 @ 8:01 said:

Torchy the battery boy comes to mind !!

Heathervalley   on 10/07/17 @ 9:13 said:

I have been fortunate to walk with very kind OD members who are excellent map readers, and wouldn't need to use GPS. Thank you to all of them.

Bentravla   on 10/07/17 @ 9:57 said:

Not to be taken too seriously .......

The original posting was about walking with no map, the implication being the question "Do I have to spend a fair amount of money buying a map for a day's walk?"

GPS units often contain all GB Mainland in a weatherproof phone size package, obviating the need to buy maps. Before anyone jumps in and shoots me, yes, I know there are loads of sites where you can print off an A4 OS 50k or 25k map section for free (including OS themselves), so buying is not needed.

Anyway back to GPS. I'm firmly of the opinion (with tongue firmly poked into cheek) that one should have a map reading test before being allowed onto the hills with an electronic gizmo.

Bentravla   on 10/07/17 @ 10:02 said:

In effect then, you can rely on the gadget, because you have the skills needed not to have to actually rely on it.

ps Last year I ran several map reading training days for OD members. Maybe time to do so again? Answers on a postcard....

Heathervalley   on 10/07/17 @ 11:21 said:

I had an enjoyable walk around Mersea Island on my own without a map or GPS, I'd walked there before in a large OD group and knew it was easy walking. I wanted to walk around the edge without an inland detour, but the path was closed in one place due to coastal erosion. My ideal walk would be with a map, accompanied by a handsome, kind man with a GPS device in his pocket for emergencies.

NiftyFifty   on 10/07/17 @ 11:22 said:

Philtheetiler, well I do love my gadgets

Only use a gadget or map when totally stuck and not sure where I am, thankfully it's not that often it seems, I do study maps and these days google earth to find landmarks etc that I can use to help me navigate, it's then fun walking it for real..

M3   on 10/07/17 @ 12:37 said:

Heathervalley: Yep mine too

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