GPS Outdoors: A Practical Guide for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Menasha Ridge Press, Jun 10, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 120 pages
For about $150 anyone can access the United States' multi-billion dollar GPS program. Using GPS Units: 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, and 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

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About the author (2006)

As an editor of outdoor guidebooks and a committed lover of outdoor adventure, Russell Helms gained his practical knowledge of GPS technology through putting boot to rock, paddle to water, and tire to dirt. A tireless advocate of enhancing outdoor experiences through GPS technology, he also hires and coaches other guidebook writers to capture and analyze accurate trail data with handheld GPS units. A resident of Birmingham, AL, he is the author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Birmingham.

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