Outdoor Navigation With GPS: Hiking, Geocaching, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Outdoor Photography, Backpacking, Mountain Biking

Whether you’re hiking, fishing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, or taking a mountain bike ride in the backcountry, a GPS receiver can help you reach your destination and return safely—but only if you know how to use it! This is the most complete, easy-to-use GPS book available, is your guide to getting the most out of a receiver, from basic consumer advice to advanced techniques. Starting with essential definitions such as UTM coordinate systems, position formats, and map datums, and moving on to creating “waypoints,” and using your GPS with a computer, long-time GPS instructor Stephen W. Hinch breaks down the jargon and teaches you what you really need to know. Includes illustrative screenshots using current popular receivers.

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By Michael (Running Springs, CA) · ★★★★☆ · September 28, 2008
I haven't gotten through this whole work, but for a manual about using GPS units, it's pretty engaging. I like Hinch's down-to-earth style and his taking on of the technical matters of how the tracking technology actually works. Would that I still had the manual for my unit, so I could try out so... ...more
By Brian (Madison, WI) · ★★★☆☆ · April 28, 2011
Great stuff in here for beginners all the way up to experts who may want to navigate using topographical maps and compasses.

I read what I wanted to, and there was a lot I skipped. The chapter on choosing a GPS would have been a good read before our unit was purchased. ...more