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    Re: Dependence on GPS
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Oct 29, 15:18 -0700

    "In the case of a sea kayaker, they have this tendency to fail, despite many 
    precautions, getting ones advertised as waterproof etc. "
    All across the globe sea kayakers use GPS receivers. There are simple 
    precautions you can take to make your GPS foolproof. As Lu has mentioned, 
    there are extremely durable waterproof bags that can keep your receiver dry 
    as a bone. Nevertheless, these modern receivers are computers, and they will 
    fail eventually no matter how much love and care they get. You can also carry 
    a cheap, spare receiver (in a waterproof bag) tucked inside your clothes, and 
    maybe that's the only GPS you would carry, to be pulled out only in 
    emergencies (but be sure to test it frequently, otherwise you will probably 
    find that it has failed just when you need it).
    There's no reason to risk our lives needlessly in the pursuit of the challenge 
    of traditional navigation methods. Our primary responsibility is to stay 
    safe, for our families and also for the safety of rescue teams who would have 
    to come looking for us if we get seriously lost. GPS has *solved* the problem 
    of navigation when it's used correctly. No need to un-do that!
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