the view from the old speck firetower was one of the most memorable ive seen.
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but it was worth it. i did grafton loop last year and the mahoosucs the yr before.
your suggestion is a good one. at the tower at bear mtn, they have a 360 deg "map" which names the peaks and landmarks that you see.along with map and compass, an excellent primer on orienteering.
by the way. stopping every once in a while to check out terrain and landmarks is more important than the map , if you know how to use a compass.reading a map itself can be a bit deceptive. a 100 ft elevation line doesnt always indicate the 200 ft of elevation gain and loss between pt A and pt B. getting the feel of the lay of the land is important in figuring out where you are on the map. not so importasnt on the AT, but if you like to bushwack, or when yu finally find that class A campsite, itd be nice to know how to get back to the trail. 10k points astick. i would probably have to ask"now which stick was it?
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Ya know,I rarely get to places where you can get all those fine views for shooting bearings like, "That mountain top over there,and there the fire tower,so we must be here"more like "shoot the wing wall of a dam,and walk 1/4 mile(or about 6oo paces) in that direction on this 268 Degrees,and we should come to the road near the bridge"But yes orienteering in a valley with high flanking sides is always awesome.
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Lost my boots in transit babe, pile of smokin leather, nailed a retread to my feet and prayed for better weather~ Grateful Dead
i can just imagine waking up in the am thinking"now which stick was it?"
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"You don't need a compass until you NEEEEED a compass." -Me
I always carry one but I've honestly never used it unless I've been bored to death and pull it out to fiddle around. I always carry one and it's nice to know it is there if I NEED it.
Live your life and I'll live mine, perhaps one day they will intertwine. SEMPER FI! 2013 SOBO
Back in Feb we were at a shelter a little short of Unicoi Gap, and another hiker named Rocketman got violently sick. We ended up calling 911 and EMS was sent out. A simple map and compass helped us co-ordinate with the EMS members to bring them up the nearest forest service road so they could get to us by the easiest way. Sure it could have been done without, but it sure sped things up and let us know exactly where we were, and what we would have to do to get out in a worst case scenario. To be honest, I use my compass very very little, and you almost never need it, but when you need it, you need it bad. It is only a couple ounces. Just put it in there and forget about the weight.
A compass is like insurance good to have it and not need it; than to need it and not have it.