Off the Beaten Path
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
I use an old Garmin 12XL for mapping trails, a few times per year. It is quite accurate and quickly obtains a lock - provided I am on top of a peak in good weather. Of course in that case I already know where I am so that doesn't help much. Other times when I actually need the damn thing (in the forest, on a steep sidehill, in bad weather) it either refuses to lock or its location is obviously wrong or the batteries are dead.
My GPS is a good toy, but I won't be getting rid of my maps and compass anytime soon.