GPS Outdoors: A Practical Guide for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Menasha Ridge Press, Jun 15, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 120 pages
For about $150 anyone can access the United States' multi-billion dollar GPS program. Using GPS Outdoors: A Practical Guide for Hikers, Bikers, Paddlers, and Climbers shows readers how to plug in and enhance most any outdoor experience.

Whether a hiker on a weekend trip through the Great Smokies, a backpacker cruising the Continental Divide Trail, a mountain biker kicking up dust in Moab, a paddler running the Lewis and Clark bicentennial route, or a climber pre-scouting the routes up Mount Shasta, a simple handheld GPS unit is fun, useful, and can even be a lifesaver.

Described in conjunction with today's most popular GPS software, easy to understand information enables readers to:
- Plan a trip
- Navigate along a route
- Gather data from the outing
- Analyze trip data after the trip

Information is power, and a GPS unit is today's preferred tool to harness the power of navigational technology for a more enjoyable, more informative, and possibly safer outdoor experience.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
GPS Technology
7
A Brief History
8
Satellites and Signals
12
Handheld Receivers
17
A Review of Map and Compass Techniques
20
Managing A GPS Unit in the Field
36
Batteries
39
Side Trips
52
Getting to the Trailhead
53
Navigating and Gathering Trail Data
55
Day One
56
Day Two
59
Analyzing Trail Data after the Trip
61
Contributions to GPS Error
62
Enjoying Your GPS Data
67

Geocaching
44
Planning a Trip
47
A Practical Approach
48
A Quick Lesson from the Woods
49
GLOSSARY
68
INDEX
81
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