View Poll Results: Do you bushwack with a GPS only?

Voters
59. You may not vote on this poll
  • I bushwack & use a GPS

    5 8.47%
  • I bushwack & only use a Map & Compass

    19 32.20%
  • I use both but prefer GPS

    7 11.86%
  • I use both but prefer Map & Compas

    8 13.56%
  • I'm equally dependent

    6 10.17%
  • I use a GPS only for marked trails in place of Map & Compass

    0 0%
  • I use map & compass only for marked trails

    4 6.78%
  • I use a GPS just for fun

    5 8.47%
  • I hike marked trails with neither

    8 13.56%
  • I'm tired of all this GPS vs Map & Compass crap

    24 40.68%
Multiple Choice Poll.
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 28

Thread: Who Bushwacks

  1. #1
    Senior Member Little Rickie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Rochester, New York
    Posts
    1,826

    Who Bushwacks

    After reading the map & compass VS GPS thread (and I do carry a GPS) I started to think do I really need a GPS on some of these Adirondack Trails? I mean some of them are like highhways. I use a GPS to keep track of elevation and millage and yet had to locate myself on a map for back up using it. So I thinking the bushwackers must be the ones using the GPS the most?

    So who bushwacks?
    Last edited by Little Rickie; 08-22-2011 at 11:38 AM. Reason: This pole is made by flawed human so give me a break!
    Peace

    "How one parses a question tells you as much about the person as how they answer the question."

    Oldee Won Balogeena

  2. #2
    Senior Member TCD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    1,878
    At least right now, my vote is not a secret ballot!

  3. #3
    Banned Kevin Rooney's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    3,671
    I didn't respond to your poll, because while I bushwhack at least once a week, mostly I'm doing it in the West, and there are many differences between East Coast and West Coast bushwhacks. By West Coast I'm referring to anything from central CA south. Above that, and especially in OR and WA - when you get into the coastal rainforests - it's in a league by itself!

    I didn't use a GPS during my first round of the various lists in the NE. I used a map, but didn't need a compass, when I did the ADK 46's. Personally, I found the hardest part of the so-called "trail-less peaks" to be the first 100 yards or so because of all the herd paths, but eventually they coalesced. I did have an altimeter watch, and that helped with navigation.

  4. #4
    Senior Member DSettahr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    978
    Where's the option for "I bushwhack, but use neither" ?

  5. #5
    Senior Member Little Rickie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Rochester, New York
    Posts
    1,826
    Quote Originally Posted by DSettahr View Post
    Where's the option for "I bushwhack, but use neither" ?
    I knew someone would ask that.

    I like question #10 better.
    Peace

    "How one parses a question tells you as much about the person as how they answer the question."

    Oldee Won Balogeena

  6. #6
    Senior Member Elizabeth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Lyme, New Hampshire
    Posts
    276
    I'm not sure if I should respond to this poll, since I assume you are asking a HIKING-related question. I bushwhack fairly often in my work - GIS mapping: capturing points & establishing boundaries, recording features with GPS waypoints. Recreationally, I prefer to stick to established trails. Climbing over blowdowns, fighting my way through brambles, getting laced with cobwebs, and slogging through wetlands is all very well and good if you are being paid to do it. I'll pass on bushwhacking to some viewless peak on days off. (If it had a view, they'd have built a trail.)
    "Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement."

  7. #7
    Senior Member paul ron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    517
    We use both. The GPS confirms our trip route and comes in handy when faced with go arounds to get back on route.

    I like using the GPS track log as a reference later to see just how well we stayed on course.

    Marvelous technology!

  8. #8
    Senior Member NewHampshire's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Goffstown NH, Avatar:Sending out praise for the Red, White and Blue
    Posts
    1,554
    John Rambo had no compass, had no map, and GPS did not exist. If he can do it, I can do it.

    Seriously, I don't know why people have been making such a fuss about compass/map vs. GPS. To each their own. Whack your own whack I say. I personally have used both mediums. I prefer neither over the other since frankly I rely more on reading the terrain than anything else. But since I am usually heading for a pretty prominent goal that is no big deal. If I were doing a lot of cross country whacking then maybe it would change my view. But for now I say 'use what ya brung.'

    Brian
    Adopter: Wildcat Ridge Trail from Rt.16 to Wildcat "D". If you have any issues please contact me!

  9. #9
    Senior Member NewHampshire's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Goffstown NH, Avatar:Sending out praise for the Red, White and Blue
    Posts
    1,554
    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
    (If it had a view, they'd have built a trail.)
    Run a search here on this site for "Whitewall" and you will find indeed not all good things have trails to them.

    Brian
    Adopter: Wildcat Ridge Trail from Rt.16 to Wildcat "D". If you have any issues please contact me!

  10. #10
    Senior Member JustJoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Ipswich, Ma.
    Posts
    513
    No trail or herd path to this summit. 280 degree sweet views.

    Joe

  11. #11
    Senior Member Neil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    3,434
    Fantastic pic Joe! Inspired me to post this one from the Dacks. No trail here either:


  12. #12
    Senior Member timmus's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    St-Bruno, Qc. Avatar: At Guyot Shelter
    Posts
    879
    You forgot another one: I follow someone.

  13. #13
    Senior Member swamp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    South County, RI
    Posts
    189
    I carry a gps but use it mostly for the altimeter. I usually use a compass. The only "instinctual" (is that even a word?) bushwhacker I ever hiked with is Neighbor Dave. No GPS / rarely compass and he always gets there. I think his frontal lobe has activated one of those gizmos the rest of us lost.
    I agree with Ranxerox !!!!

    Swampyankee

  14. #14
    Senior Member DougPaul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Bedford, MA; Avatar: eggs anyone?
    Posts
    10,704
    Quote Originally Posted by swamp View Post
    I carry a gps but use it mostly for the altimeter. I usually use a compass. The only "instinctual" (is that even a word?) bushwhacker I ever hiked with is Neighbor Dave. No GPS / rarely compass and he always gets there. I think his frontal lobe has activated one of those gizmos the rest of us lost.
    Some people are simply always oriented. My father was one*--he always knew which direction north was and always gave driving directions in the form of turn <compass direction> which often meant nothing to the driver (who had to ask left or right?). He was also a very good map reader--I don't know if he ever tried bushwacking, but he would have had little difficulty with the navigation.

    * However, he did once admit to being disoriented after being in a large cave for several hours...

    Australian Aborigines are culturally oriented--they also give directions in terms of the compass directions. And they probably did a bit of bushwacking on occasion too (with neither a map nor a compass...).

    Doug

  15. #15
    Senior Member Neil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    3,434
    As per this thread the poll needs another option:

    • I use flagging

Similar Threads

  1. NE 100 bushwacks
    By Troad in forum Q&A - New England
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-08-2018, 09:55 AM
  2. Bushwacks?
    By am&pm in forum General Backcountry
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 03-02-2011, 07:46 PM
  3. advice on Maine bushwacks?
    By buckyball1 in forum Q&A - New England
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-21-2007, 10:25 AM
  4. ME Bushwacks
    By dms in forum Trip Reports
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 08-10-2005, 08:33 PM
  5. Flagging on bushwacks
    By Pig Pen in forum Q&A - New England
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 06-02-2004, 09:33 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •