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Navigating with a GPS: Getting the Best from Your GPS (Cicerone Mini-guides) [Paperback]

Pete Hawkins
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24 Jun 2008 Cicerone Mini-guides
In this practical guide to navigating with a GPS, navigation expert Pete Hawkins explains how to get the best from your GPS. He breaks down the jargon into understandable English and takes you through GPS navigation in a clear and structured way. He also recognises that strong traditional navigational skills are the basis for effective GPS navigation, and gives a potted summary of how to navigate with a map and compass. He also takes a look at digital mapping and how that can benefit the outdoor user and how GPSs and mapping software can be used positively together.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press (24 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852844914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852844912
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pete trained as a geography teacher and taught for a year before escaping to the Peak District National Park's Environmental Centre for an outside job. He took over map and compass training by default and over the years has taught many beginners how to read a map and compass. He has written for outdoor magazines, worked for the BBC as a local radio reporter and leads walking holidays around the world for his company, Peakland Walking Holidays.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Before giving this book a five-star rating, I tried to find fault with it. I could not. It is just what I need.

Clearly and precisely, with plenty of illustrations from Ordnance Survey maps, the book teaches the skills of navigating with a map and compass, including more advanced techniques such as aiming off and using back bearings, and then shows how a GPS can be used to make navigation more effective, whether or not you have a mapping receiver. If you do have one, a chapter on mapping software shows how your GPS can communicate with your computer. Finally, it teaches you how to get out of trouble -- even if your batteries go flat or the Americans switch the satellites off.

The book is small and light enough to fit into a rucksack and has a plastic cover which should help to protect it from the elements. It also comes with a bonus: a transparent plastic "navigation aid" on which is a compass rose, a couple of romer scales, and a list of things to do if your GPS fails .

Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cicerone GPS minigude 12 Feb 2012
By johnevs
Bought this at the same time as the Landranger GPS guide, and although it is adequate (& cheap) it is really not a patch on the Landranger manual. OK as a supplement, but for a complete beginner like myself it would not have been sufficient on its own to give me a good basis for learning how to use my new Etrex properly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 6 July 2010
By Ted
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I bought this book as a companion to a Garmin Etrex H that I had just bought. It covers the essentials and also gives you the basics of compass navigation, which I found very intesting. It brought back memories of map reading lessons in O Level Geography!

The book is quite small in size, about 16x10cm, which was a bit of a let down for me. Although it will fit in a rucksack without any problems I would not give much for trying to read it by the light of a torch on a windswept hillside, especially with ageing eyes... The moral is read it and understand it - before you need it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction 28 Mar 2010
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This is a great introduction for anyone (like me) who is unfamiliar with using a gps device. It also gives useful tips on map reading and navigational skills. It is very basic and very clear. It was just what I neeed to get me going with my gps.
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