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Jan
8
comment If you are buried in an avalanche will you survive?
"Professional help should be sought immediately after, but not during, the (15 min) critical phase." If you can summon help immediately after someone is buried in an avalanche, without leaving the site, I would argue that doing so is probably better. Cell phone, emergency light, radio, anything you have on hand to draw attention to the predicament. Even a ski stuck in the snow might very well help.
Apr
28
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
Hmm, this might actually be worth looking into. I did just now update the question to hopefully clarify it; you may want to have a look. I take it the Galaxy S3 has an 'equally' good GPS as the Nexus 7? (Also, to avoid making this a "shopping" question, it'd be nice if you would include in your answer what makes them so: the "what to look for" part.)
Apr
28
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
@ppl Thinking some more about it, I guess "accuracy" is actually the wrong word for what I'm looking for, which isn't so much accuracy as consistency. The numbers could in a sense say that I'm on the other side of the country, as long as the error is consistent so that when you overlay two positions where readings were taken in the same physical spot, the positions as reported by the GPS receiver match closely. I'll try to rephrase the question to clarify this.
Apr
27
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
"I honestly don't care if the measurement is 20 metre off." Sorry for being a bit blunt, but doesn't that kind of invalidate this as an answer to the question, which is precisely about how to shop around for a GPS receiver with good positional accuracy? Yes, battery life is an important consideration, but it is also much easier to quantify and compare between unit models.
Apr
27
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
As for purpose, one obvious use of precision positioning for me would be in tracking training with the dogs; being able to mark the route while I lay down a track and then as the dog follows it would allow me to see, in detail, if particular passages are easier or more difficult for the dog. For that, 20 meters precision in the positional data is totally useless.
Apr
27
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
@ppl I guess I was hoping for accuracy down to at least a few meters, but after having read up a little too it looks like that's pretty much out of the question with commonly available equipment and what supporting systems I can expect to be available here.
Mar
26
comment wilderness maps
It does indeed seem to be working just fine now. I don't know what was going on before. Sorry.
Mar
22
comment wilderness maps
The USGS link at least appears to be broken.