Posts Tagged With: GPS unit

Navigating on the trails, or, “I TOLD you we should have asked for directions!”

IMG_8115How do you get around in the woods?

No, I don’t mean walking, running or skiing.

What do you use for navigating when you’re out in the woods? Map? Compass? GPS?

This is a subject, I know, that we could devote more than one blog posting to. (And the more enthusiastic gearheads could write entire blogs devoted just to navigation and orienteering.)

In the last couple of decades or so, navigating or orienteering seems to have become a sport unto itself, where the entire object is to find your way through the woods (or other terrain) using navigation tools. And there are entire books dedicated just to GPS units alone.

So what do people prefer? I put the question to a couple of outdoors-related Facebook groups that I follow – one for hiking and one for backpacking. And I got quite a range of responses. Some people swore by having the latest GPS units with all the bells and whistles, while others were adamantly in favor of using compasses and paper maps. And some went the belt-and-braces route and used all three.

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Time to (geo)cache in

IMG_8077The GPS unit said I was about there. So I tucked it back into my pocket and started looking around.

I was on the Long Path on the top of the Palisades, near a kind-of-hidden rock ledge overlooking the Hudson River. It was a late summer-early fall morning, still kind of warm, and decent weather for a hike.

On this particular morning, though, I wasn’t on a full-length hike. I was there on a geocache run.

I’d keyed in the cache’s coordinates, and the clue that I was given said to look for a boulder, with your back facing the river.

Okay.

So I start scanning. There are some rocks that are certainly big enough to qualify as boulders, but none of them, as far as I can see, have any crevices or gaps big enough to stash a cache.

Hmm…

After a few minutes, I stepped out onto the ledge itself to get another look at the area.

Then I noticed that there’s a crevice in the rock at the back of the ledge, and… “hey, that piece of asphalt doesn’t look like it was here originally.”

I lay down, on my stomach, to get a better look and…bingo!

I used my hiking pole to pull the chunk of asphalt, and the cache container (a plastic box about six inches square) it was holding in place, toward me.

It had the usual contents – plastic jewelry, business cards, a Scout badge, a few coins, etc. I added a bookmark to the cache and poked it back into the crevice for another searcher to find.

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