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Moraine Lake in Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness

Leave a note and save your life!

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If nobody knows where to look, you could wait a long time to be rescued! An detailed note about your outing can solve that problem.

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Reliable Power For Your GPS: What are the best batteries?

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Your GPS is as reliable as the batteries in it! Make the best choices for consistent power!

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A GPS makes a nice addition, but NEVER take a GPS and depend on it for navigation without a map and compass.

How to choose your first GPS

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Every GPS has basic features. All the rest are bells and whistles. You will have to decide which ones are important, and which are really needed.

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GPS Setup: Using the right coordinates for safe backcountry travel

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Datum? Coordinate systems?

To most beginner GPS users, these terms may be confusing, and subsequently ignored or not understood. But before you can effectively – and safely – you must be able to set your GPS with the information on your maps.

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Is your GPS receiver running with the latest software update?

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Navigation expert Blake Miller explains how to make sure your GPS is working with the newest software.

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Blake Miller: Getting Your GPS Ready for The Fall Hunt

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It’s easy to get excited about one aspect of a wilderness excursion, and neglect some of the others. But this can be dangerous, especially when you head out on that big game hunt. Here’s some sound advice from navigation and GPS expert Blake Miller on preparing your “Staying Found” tools.

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Blake Miller: Moving Through the Backcountry (Topic Two)

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  Before heading out on  a backcountry trip, there are three important steps to accomplish before leaving home. by Blake Miller First, tell someone where you are going and when to expect your return. Second, leave a map of your planned route with that responsible person and in your vehicle. Third, fill out the trip plan I have posted on…

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GPS Setup: Calibrating the Electronic Compass

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When I explained that the electronic compass should be calibrated after EVERY battery change, the group’s response was one of surprise.

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GPS Setup: North or Magnetic North?

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GPS receivers provide an amazing amount of information. They come loaded with many navigation features, maps, tide data and much more, but nothing is more important than position data and the direction to a waypoint.

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GPS Setup: Map Datum and How to Use It

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If two GPS users are set up for different datums, they won’t be able to accurately exchange waypoints, settings or locations. Here’s some advice from land navigation expert Blake Miller on how to get everyone on the same page.

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