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I know there are a few on here who are avid hikers. I am headed to The Wave in Southern Utah this weekend. It took me 18 months to finally secure a permit. I didn't want to do this hike in the extreme heat but there is no choice as striking gold for the permit is difficult.
They have had 5 deaths in the last month on this hike. I am about to buy a Garmin Oregon 450 GPS. My concern is not getting to The Wave from the trail head but rather navigating back successfully as everything looks like the same.
Has anyone used this device or a GPS trail device like it. You can essentially create a blazed trail like you do with Marine Nav that you can follow back correct?
Any help would be appreciated.
I believe you can do that.
Make sure to carry good maps with you as well. You'd hate to be stranded if the GPS fails, breaks...etc.
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Wow man, congrats on getting a permit to the wave, that's a dream hike of mine. I'm not familiar with that Garmin, but any modern GPS should keep track of the route you've taken so far. I can't really afford a great GPS so I just use a cardio workout app on my smartphone that marks where I've been via google maps.
Short of that the best advice I can give is when you're walking from the trailhead to The Wave, take routine pictures of the rock formations on the horizon behind you, so on your way back to the trail head you'll have pictures of what you should be seeing directly infront of you. It's not guaranteed to work, but every little bit helps. And for the love of God stay hydrated, it's a different kind of heat over there.
Stay safe man, and be sure to post a ton of pictures here when you get back.
I hadn't seen it yet. Where are you flying into?
Also, look into some cooling neck wear. They make these things that are gel filled that you put in the cooler for a while. You wear them like a snake around your neck. They stay cold for a super long time.
Guys...many thanks for the replies. Really appreciated.
3.0 Flying into Vegas. It's about a 3 hour drive to Kanab but I am going to camp just outside Zion the first night near a cool slot canyon.
I use my DeLorme quite often. It takes AAs so the batteries can be replaced on the trail if needed. You can also download topographical and satellite imagery to the device, and I believe the newer ones can send distress messages and such.
I do like the Garmins, but they were out of my price range at the time.
One more thing Duck, be sure to get a sunscreen with lotion in it. It definitely helps when you're hiking in the dry desert heat out west.
Been climbing around 3.0s mountains for over twenty years, two lessons learned, a good map and Compass to back up any gps unit. You need sixty to ninety Oz of water per day to survive, hydration two days before hike is a must.
I know you know most of this by your past post but I thought I'd just remind you, good luck.
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I don't hike but I have fished some of the Bahamas Out Islands on my own. They can be a maize of creeks and flats that go on forever with very few landmarks that stand out. I use a Garmin GSPMAP62 but I lost it and don't remember the exact one. I don't think the brand or model will make that much difference as most will do what you need. If the island has good coverage on Google Earth I will use it ahead of time and set waypoints on the areas I want to fish and the access into those areas. You can use the coords from Google Earth and plug them in. It is surprisingly accurate. That gets me to the general area. I will set more waypoints as I go to get me back out and to mark the spots where I find fish.
Although ive entertained getting a gps, I still use map and compass due to weight. I already carry a full frame camera, tripod, fly fishing gear...It all adds up. I do like the immediate info and all the other features u get from gps. Have a great hike. Post pix. I'm headed to glacier NP in late sept. And then nearby rivers. Can't wait.
I've got people in Glacier. If you need any recommendations, let me know.
Everything in duplicate just like fishing offshore. Twice Cell phones with backup batteries and gps capabilities. I would also consider a sat phone just in case.
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Duck, I have a garmin GPSMAP 76 that is at least 8 years old and it definitely serves this purpose. Bought it to get back to potholes we find when hunting in ND where everything looks exactly the same. Has also helped to get back to boat landings, deer stands, etc. At that time I needed to buy the map source disks to load area specific info onto the device. Very detailed info which I'm sure now comes standard. Hope this helps. Enjoy the trip.
Duck, Most decent, modern GPS devices with mapping features will allow you to set waypoints, drop bread trails and even put in specific points. Once you get to the starting area you should be able to lock in that location as a favorite or even a named point.
I spent 31 years in the infantry and have used multiple GPSs. All are pretty easy to use and recently the DOD unlocked the satalite codes so now civilian models are pretty accurate. A few years ago false data was used intermittently for civilian devices to reduce any threat when the satalites were used by unauthorized People, threats, etc. the hiking craze has changed thenpolicy as it became a safety issue. Now you get clean satalite data and onside rally improved accuracy.
I recommend you by the cheapest model with mapping and waypoint capability. Some models will have hiking/trail maps but cost starts to increase. If you know the specific trail you hiking and there are visual aids, cheaper will get you there and back safely. If you have the money mapping models are great and easy to use.
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