Training and understanding let those two I used to know end up nearly being a statistic in a Scottish MRT's annual reports. Knowing limitations and having alternative means of location all helps. Anyone who only takes and uses one at any one time could potentially get into difficulties no matter how experienced you are.Paul,
You do make a good point, tech especially an accurate GPS is easy to read and get a result, but they also can be inaccurate as well. if you only have a satellite link with 2 satellites you can be over 100m out. It comes down to reading your equipment accurately in the those conditions whether it be old or new tech.
I have GPSs' including a SATMAP and Garmin devices, but I do not purely rely on them (with them all I always carry a map and compass), especially in mountainous terrain. I have twice stopped groups walking off the edge of Ben Nevis and plummeting to the deaths with groups I have been with. When you get a white out of the fog or cloud comes down, the best advice is stop, get some shelter and get a brew on. In dangerous conditions and dangerous situations, dangerous and disastrous things can easily happen (and more likely to), there is only so much you can mitigate.
Training and understanding are the best methods, backed up with kit and equipment.
As a retired corrections officer I can assure you in,ages find ways to smuggle smart phones in every day. Past x-rays, past metal detectors, past strip searches: they still get them in.my grandfather spent a short time after the war as a P.O.W. -- i inherited some of his stuff (although i'm afraid it's lost due to the fact that my "dear" european relatives have likely thrown it out by now... ) incl. the compass he smuggled through the controls between his toes (ironically the compass was from an allied escape kit although my grandfather wasn't a member of them...) --- i challenge anyone to smuggle their gsp receiver to the controls (in a prison or similar circumstance)
it's a long time since i read "papillon" but remembering how they smuggled money into prison i better don't ask HOW they smuggle phones etc. nowadays...As a retired corrections officer I can assure you in,ages find ways to smuggle smart phones in every day. Past x-rays, past metal detectors, past strip searches: they still get them in.
The bit I put in bold interested me, sorry but I snipped a bit out I hope that's ok.Although more modern devices are, I'm sure, more accurate and reliable, they are also easy and fun to use. This increases reliance on them and pushes the trad. nav. skills into the background. But the devices, however good, rely on battery power and, in some examples, are not too great when the weather is wholly against you - perhaps the very time when one most needs them. If they fail you then, your safety can become dependent on luck, rather than judgement.