quote:Originally posted by canuckgurl
so, i was wondering.. do people keep their gps's on at all times? [/blue]
On, for grabbing a track log of new treks, getting peak altitudes, etc. I'm a stats hound.
Usually on, if I'm testing a new 'shortcut' on a familiar route. It's usually not really shorter, I find. [:I]
But for trips I've done before it's usually off. Sometimes I'll load the old tracklog just for comparison sake, but usually I'll leave it off until I ask questions like 'did I take the left or right fork last time?'... then I leave it on for a bit.
It's tough to get lost if you have distinct trails and visible landmarks, but that's assuming an ideal trip. Throw in a busted ankle, bush, and darkness, and having a GPS might make for some better decisions, or show you some options. So when battery life is a concern, I leave mine off.
Lastly, my wife seems to think it's a crutch, and prefers a paper map. But she doesn't quibble about knowing exactly how far away the car is when we are heading home, so it's usually on for the last few km's! [