If you're meaning use a small screen GPS instead, I can't agree. I think
using a map gives you a good sense of things like the route, direction,
obstacles. So you'll better understand your journey, and be able to
adjust if something goes wrong. Not least with the GPS itself. I also
think it's good for the noggin.
Bit of a learning curve but when you do know how to drive it, excellent:)
This ones quite good for point to point use....
and yes Two of the nippers know how to use a Landranger map:)
Funnily enough a couple of days I wanted to know that. I used Memory
Map. it will draw a section for me. A section from a paper map is a
right PITA - I remember doing it in school.
And yes, I can use a slide rule!
On Sun, 01 Nov 2015 21:36:57 +0000, Vir Campestris wrote:
I did it in the Royal Marine cadets. My dad ran the local one, and he
made up a nice visual aid - sheets of perspex, one for each contour line.
They fitted into equally spaced slots in a frame, with an actual map at
Don’t need to know about obstacles with road maps,
just go when it tell you to go to avoid them.
Don’t need to understand anything, just go where it tells
you to do and check that it isn't telling you to do something
stupid, and you don’t need a paper map to do that.
Any decent GPS does that automatically even if you
just ignore it at some point because you have seen
something you want to take a closer look at or
decide that somewhere else looks more
interesting than where its just told you to go.
It will keep telling you the best way to get
from where you currently are to where you
have told it you want to go to.
Some run the same line about mental arithmetic.
I use a decent spreadsheet for anything except
the most trivial calculations.
I do that with maps too. I have an excellent sense
of direction, never need a map, they are just more
efficient than heading off in the general direction
of where you want to go and winging it. A GPS
Ha! How many times have I heard that! Got a gyroscope in yer head have yer?
My uncle set off across France with that attitude and by the time he got
to where he was going he'd missed the ferry booking he'd made to come back.
We used to get lots of lorry drivers trying to make a 150 deg. turn
outside our house, because "That's what the TomTom told me to do". Duh.
A simple check of a map would have shown that anything larger than a van
cannot make the turn. There is a simple different route, but TomTom
hadn't thought of that, and took lots of persuading to change their
advice. This was specific lorry-driving software from TomTom.
So I laugh when I hear folk talk about 'any decent GPS device will get
the directions correct', I have bent fence posts to disprove it. To me,
the skill to read a map is one that that should be taught in all
schools. Then, if the skill isn't used, that is the fault of the
person, but he/she will have had the skill available.
Stupid to use paper maps if you've got a working satnav.
But even more stupid not to be *able* to read a paper map in case the satnav
I've not navigated by paper map for ages, but I still know how to - even if
it is disconcerting not to have a "you are here" arrow on a paper map :-)
I use Viewranger on my phone for displaying OS maps of the area around where
I am, to see where to go next and to record where I've been. Very useful
when out walking to see where I am, especially at a junction of paths with
no landmarks around, where the best way to check I've got the right path is
to start walking and see if my trail shows me going along the path that I'm
I prefer OS maps to Google's own maps because they show other features that
are useful for confirming where I am and where I want to go; Google maps are
too bland and show roads but not a lot else.
And even if you don't, it makes a lot more
sense to get one than to get maps now.
I have the maps, but don't bother to have
them in the car anymore because the satnav
doesn't break often enough to matter.
So do I, but many never get the hang of them.
And that is the problem that many have with maps,
working out where they currently are on the map.
I use MapMyWalk, mainly because it does more than just keep
track of where you have been, it also keeps track of the elevation
changes which are an important part of how much energy you
have expended during the particular walk.
I don't need it for that and the tracks I use aren't on
any map anyway many of them are animal tracks or
tracks that have developed over time with other
people walking there or the mad loons on bikes.
I do find it useful to be able to drop a pin where its
easy to get thru a barbed wire fence or around a locked
gate, and that's a hell of a lot easier to do with a decent
mapper on the smartphone than with paper maps.
Sure, but we were discussing road maps, not off road maps.
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