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Outdoor Navigation with GPS

Outdoor Navigation with GPS [Kindle Edition]

Stephen W. Hinch
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For outdoor adventurers who hike, fish, kayak, cross-country ski, or mountain bike in the backcountry, a GPS receiver can help them reach their destination and return safely — but only if they know how to use it! Here is the guide to getting the most out of a GPS receiver, from basic consumer advice to advanced techniques. It even includes fun solo and team games that utilize GPS. Starting with essential definitions and moving on to creating waypoints, and using your GPS with a computer, this succinct book teaches the basics of navigation and outdoor GPS use. Advanced techniques are covered, such as creating custom maps, and new technologies are discussed, including using GPS-enabled mobile phones, and how to use GPS with Google Earth and Google Maps. With years of experience as a GPS instructor, Hinch is well-versed in all aspects of navigation and GPS use, and he covers them in a jargon-free, easy-to-follow style.

About the Author

Stephen Hinch has taught courses in GPS navigation to police and fire personnel, park rangers, search-and-rescue staff, and recreational outdoor enthusiasts since 1998. When he was young, his avid rockhound parents would pack up the family and head out to remote desert locations in search of semi-precious stones nearly every weekend. These desert explorations honed his navigational skills and taught him the importance of not getting lost.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2840 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; Third Edition edition (1 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QWZ9FO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for begginers 8 Sep 2009
Excellent book for begginers and advanced users of GPS and orienting with paper map/compass.
The concepts of latitude, longitude, bearings, datums, declination, waypoint, track, etc, are well explained and easily understood.
The book is well written, in simple terms, and enjoyable to read.
I would buy it again... So, it's my advice to starters on GPS orienting and geocaching.
It has links to several web sites with usefull additional information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book 10 Feb 2014
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Confused me at first, probably because of my pre conceived ideas.
Its a good all round helpful book for those new (like me) to GPS navigation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More relevant to North America 31 Jan 2014
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Not what I expected, some parts were of use but most were relevant to North America.
Especially the reference to maps etc.
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 14 Mar 2007
By Ariel - Published on
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It's a great book geared towards navigating in the outdoors in particular, rather than autonavigation, marine navigation, etc. It goes in depth into how to use bearings, orienting yourself, direction finding, and a substantial amount of info in navigating without a GPS by using a compass, paper topo maps, the sun, the stars, and so forth.

It is, by design, not an outdoor survival guide, but it does cover the basics for hiking and points to more detailed sources when necessary.

I really enjoyed how well the author taught the concepts of latitude, longitude, bearings, datums, declination, and so forth.

Towards the end of the book, the author even includes some fun GPS-based games you can organize, discusses geocaching, and compares different GPS receiver models.

This book goes beyond the receiver's manual and actually teaches you how to navigate. One of the big points it makes is to find what direction you need to go, find an intermediate waypoint, PUT YOUR RECEIVER AWAY, and head off in the proper direction. This keeps you from walking over poison ivy, off of cliffs, into trees, and generally aware of your surroundings. Once you get to your intermediate destination, pull the receiver out and find your next step. I'm new to wilderness navigation and this was certainly an "aha" moment. Who wants to be focusing on the GPS device the whole time when you could be taking in the beauty of your surroundings instead!
45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 8 Feb 2007
By Jeffrey Anderson - Published on
Manuals are sorely incomplete and other books I checked out didn't get to the point. This book does while providing all the information anyone could ever want without overwhelming the reader. This book is very well written, enjoyable to read and a great teacher of what any GPS owner really wants to know. Of all the titles out there, this is the one.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to GPS Navigation 5 Aug 2006
By A Reader - Published on
This is the best book I've found for learning how to use GPS in the outdoors. It is well organized, easy to understand, and has lots of useful illustrations. I also like the fact that it is more than just a book on GPS. It also includes detailed chapters on map and compass navigation and primitive navigation techniques for use in emergencies. It is organized into 5 parts, starting with the simplist techniques and building from there. In Part 1, you learn the concepts of waypoints and bearings. Some people may never need to know more than this. Part 2 teaches you about latitude and longitude, as well as a chapter on geocaching. Part 3 covers advanced navigation using topographic maps. Part 4, titled "Recovering from Disaster" shows you what to do if your GPS fails. Part 5 describes fun ways to use your GPS and includes a GPS selection guide. As usual with electronics, this chapter is a little dated now, but the rest of the book is still relevant if even you have a newer GPS. There is also an interesting final chapter called GPS FAQs that answers a number of unusual questions.

The only negative, and it's a minor one, is that most of the GPS screen shots show Garmin receivers. But the explanations in the text are general enough that I had no problem applying them to my Magellan eXplorist.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Resource 12 Aug 2006
By E. Briggs - Published on
I just opened my new copy of Stephen Hinch's book Outdoor Navigation with GPS. It's great, exactly what I was looking for; I just devoured the first 39 pages. Even better, I was able to explain some terminology and how the GPS works to my husband, who uses one all the time for work but didn't know about almanac data, ephemeris data, and PRN codes.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning how to use a GPS.

I have belonged to a search and rescue team for 2 years. Before reading this book, never really felt that I had learned what I needed to know.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars practical information you can really use 12 Jan 2007
By Bearberry - Published on
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This book is full of practical tips and technical information and the writing style is very straightforward. Since reading this book, I'm using my GPS correctly, I understand all the features and setup, plus I learned some safety tips for hiking. I'm new to GPS so every word of this book was informative for me, but I think even experienced hikers and GPSers will find facts they didn't know and appreciate the writing style and the author's enthusiasm for the outdoors.
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