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  • mrlebowski
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    Crikey, theres alot of well read map readers who obviously like to take pride in looking down on us “none readers/believers”

    I cant read a map (unless google maps counts?) and I really dont see why/how it would benefit me if I could.

    I mean I live in a town, civilization. Most places I want to go tend to have sign posts. I know where work is, where my bathroom is, where the shops are etc.

    If I want to go mtbing, I put my bike in the car and follow the signs to my local trail centre. Here, I follow the way marked trails until I get back to where I parked. Then I go home.

    If I want to go wallking then I walk. On a footpath.

    I like my life. I know what Im doing. Its safe and I always carry my mobile phone.

    I dont get lost. I spend my time enjoying myself.

    I am a modern man.

    If I want a plug fitting to an electrical appliance then I phone the electrician. Thats what they’re there for.

    Dont play the hero. Dont pretend to know what you’re doing with your maps and compasses and cairns. Its all guess work. It tends to be the folk like you that get into trouble. The mountain rescue is run by volunteers, they dont relish a call late on a sunday night to go and resuce a man at a top of a hill whos got lost in a badly folded A0 piece of paper.

    Think on.

    You really do talk a lot of old tosh mate.

    Using a map is guess-work? Really? Back that one up, I dare you.

    TBH your life sounds pretty bloody dull to me. Very safe & packaged. No risk, no element of self-dependency, just boring.

    A modern man? I bet you moisturise..

    & dont rely on that mobile phone to get you out of trouble when the battery dies & there’s no signal.

    Youre one of the folk who go out on the hills with no kit & when the Mountain Rescue turn up & ask you what emergency gear you have & you reply “none” youre really gonna feel a plum..

    druidh
    Member

    mrlebowski wrote:

    [img]http://www.influx.com.br/imgblog/hook%20line%20and%20sinker%20final.jpg[/img]

    mrlebowski
    Member

    Maybe but who cares?

    Not me – cant beat a good old rant about maps & GPS! 😉

    Besides there are some who do think that way..

    druidh
    Member

    Don’t feel bad. davidtaylforth is the STW Grand Master at humourous trolling.

    mrlebowski
    Member

    I dont feel bad, Im just bored!

    bikebouy
    Member

    I went to France at the weekend, satnav in car was ok until I hit a little remote bit in Brittany and we got a bit lost.. MrsBouy pulled out the AA Map of France (easily 15years old) from under the seat where I stuck it when I bought the car a few months back “just in case” and whallop.. Back on track within about 20mins..

    OS’s rock BTW.

    I’m not too sure a GPS would work for me on the MTB nor Roadie, screen a bit small and I’ve got poor eyesight..

    wrecker
    Member

    Having spent a few years in a respected front line unit, my map reading’s better than most. Doesn’t stop me riding trail centres occasionally (nothing wrong with turning your brain off and following signs). Or being open to using a GPS (or at least having one as a back-up).

    Of course; all of the navigators on here will produce proper route cards and calculate GMVs, won’t they?

    Got two post grad qualified ennvironmetnal professionals that work for me – you know youngsters, educated, in the sciences, requiring FIELD WORK.

    Anyway we’re doing some survey work for South Cumbria Rivers Trust as freebie and I says to ’em I says ‘you can both read a map, can’t you?’

    To whit they reply ‘no, not really, every time we use the road atlas we get lost, just use me satnav’

    Jeebus help us.

    emac65
    Member

    Never even tried to read a map(how hard can it be),but can navigate a yacht using charts, allowing for tidal flows & everyfink.Can use a sextant as well………

    Although saying that I haven’t done either for nearly 30 years so might be a tad rusty………..

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    What a lot of misty eyed codswallop on this thread!

    There are a lot of people out in the countryside who don’t read maps, but there are a lot more people out in it anyway.

    I really wish people would stop referring to the past as a time when everyone did everything that they hold dear.

    You know what? Video gaming was crap in the old days, long live progress. grr…

    Premier Icon mactheknife
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    CG, honest question – how do you orientate your map without a compass?

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    hold it the right way up.

    druidh
    Member

    mactheknife wrote:

    CG, honest question – how do you orientate your map without a compass?

    According to the landscape?

    (which is fine when you can see it)

    A modern man? I bet you moisturise..

    Best put-down eva!

    Premier Icon mactheknife
    Subscriber

    No point trying to map read without a compass. You get into unfamiliar terrain (obviously) and with no blindingly obvious features to orientate to then what is the point in having a map? Might as well walk around hoping everything works out 🙂

    Map and compass go together like runny eggs and toast 🙂

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