I put together a survey about how people understand the accuracy of their GPS units, it’s just four questions and I’d appreciate your input.
Why posting to Social Media when you are lost is a very very stupid thing to do
Some notes from a recent search near Pitt Lake and musings on using a GPS track as a logbook.
Some recent news reports contain conflicting information on Cell phones and GPS reliability for SAR use, I attempt to clarify
It seems that people are still confused about the difference between an emergency locator *beacon* and an avalanche *transceiver*
A discussion of various ways SAR members can use smartphones
The biggest energy drain in a smart phone other than the cellular radio is the screen. Advice on how to best use this information, and preserve battery life
Smart phones are problematic for backcountry navigation; they are fagile, have terrible battery life, and are less accurate than a wilderness GPS unit.
On May 4th I attended the Canadian Avalanche Association’s annual spring conference and continuing professional development seminar. This year’s topic was Avalanche Search and Rescue in Canada. There were some very informative presentations, but one piece of information stood out …