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 However, it could go out of date.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.
- 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.”