Reply to post: A fundamental flaw

Fancy yourself as a bit of a Ramblin' Man or Woman? Maybe brush up on your cartography

Mike 137 Silver badge

A fundamental flaw

Quite apart from bugs in apps, flat batteries and signal loss, the whole idea of trying to navigate on a 3"x6" screen is intrinsically daft. You can see either a wide area in negligible detail or a close-up with zero context, so the intuitive feel for the landscape that aids survival is almost impossible to achieve. A paper map at a suitable scale for the purpose in hand plus a compass and the skill to use it can keep you alive where a smartphone and GPS will strand you without a clue.

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