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#296216 - 05/24/20 09:06 AM Re: Why Humans Totally Freak Out When They Get Lost [Re: KenK]
Herman30 Offline

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 415
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: KenK
Am I the only person who finds paper maps ... well ... they make me feel ... informed ... smart ... in the know.

I like paper maps a lot. If lost, I would think a paper map would give me something to sit and look at ... and help calm me down.

Iīm like you, I like watching paper maps.

#296217 - 05/24/20 11:16 AM Re: Why Humans Totally Freak Out When They Get Lost [Re: Doug_Ritter]
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Registered: 12/05/05
Posts: 1384
They don't have betteries that run out when you need them most.

#296218 - 05/24/20 06:25 PM Re: Why Humans Totally Freak Out When They Get Lost [Re: Doug_Ritter]
Russ Offline

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5341
Maps have been useful for many years and people still get lost. None of the technologies (paper maps, basic GPS, mapping GPS) work well without someone taking the info provided from the map (paper or electronic) and applying it to their immediate situation. Situational awareness plays a major part in not getting lost.

Navigation isnít something to do after getting lost, itís what keeps you found. Without good visual reference, once you are turned around and lost, you need to become found. Itís difficult to find yourself on a map while under a canopy where the sun isnít clearly giving you a sense of direction and there are no useable landmarks. A compass is always good to have and is one input, but without reference, it wonít show you where youíre located. Get yourself lost, and even with map and compass you canít place yourself on that map without some reference. A GPS receiver provides that reference.

GPS isnít a panacea. Over-dependence can make you complacent. One thing that Iíve learned is to use all resources in navigation, not just one.
Better is the Enemy of Good Enough.
Okay, whatís your point??

#296219 - 05/24/20 07:31 PM Re: Why Humans Totally Freak Out When They Get Lost [Re: Doug_Ritter]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7588
Loc: southern Cal
I hae searched for, and found on numerous occasions,various lost individuals. I don't recall that any that we found were carrying a map or compass. This includes one park ranger who went out to check the nature trail 40 years ago and hasn't been seen since (probably met foul play, in my opinion).

A lot of factors may be involved in a "lost" incident, but I'll bet a decent map forestalls many searches....(either paper or digital).

Edited by hikermor (05/24/20 07:37 PM)
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