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Apps Vs Maps: Why Paper Beats Tech On The PCT – GearJunkie

Comparing modern technology to tried pen-and-paper methods, when it comes to wilderness survival, different advantages and disadvantages appear. A compass may take some skill to use but will always point north. A map, as long as it is not destroyed, will always function without electricity. However, it could go out of date. A GPS, on the other hand could run out of battery juice but it could be more accurate.

Key Takeaways:

  • Let’s start by pointing out that some of those apps don’t show anything but a red line and whether or not you are on it.
  • Maps show the surrounding terrain, names of peaks, passes, nearby rivers, and other features.
  • They create a much clearer picture of your surroundings and help triangulate location.

“Maps show the surrounding terrain, names of peaks, passes, nearby rivers, and other features.”

https://gearjunkie.com/hiking-pct-half-mile-maps-vs-apps