Tag Archives: compass

Detecting a faulty baseplate compass

My Silva Field 7 Baseplate Compass. Usually when intuition says one thing and a compass says something else, it means your intuition is wrong. More than a few times, I or a group I’ve been in have had a compass … Continue reading

Posted in musing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

GPSs and Cognitive Mapping, or lack of it

Late in 2010, I expressed some concerns about uses and perceptions of GPS receivers and similar technology. This article published in the New York Times (copied verbatim here if the NYT tries to force you to subscribe) refers to some … Continue reading

Posted in musing | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

GPSs, Compasses and Navigation

Back in July, I wrote something about reports of a quick and painless helicopter rescue of a couple of people who’d become lost on Quoin Ridge, and especially how it was reported that they were in trouble due to a … Continue reading

Posted in musing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Media Impressions of a Tararua Rescue

Sunday (a week ago, 11th July) saw what was probably a routine rescue mission in the southern Tararuas. A man (31) and a woman (27) from Wellington were somewhere in the vicinity of Alpha Hut and unexpectedly walking through deep … Continue reading

Posted in musing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s only a magnet with a circle attached

I bought myself a new compass yesterday, which was another Silva Field 7 baseplate compass, identical to the one that I lost last October. It’s the most basic Silva compass on the market. It’s often marketed as being “ideal for … Continue reading

Posted in update | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

And now I need a new one

That could have gone better. My compass has just been claimed by the Ruahine Range during an “unscheduled” pack-floating incident in the Oroua River near Iron Gates Hut. I think it must have floated out of my pocket while I … Continue reading

Posted in update | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Expensive compasses

I went shopping for a compass at lunch time today, as I can’t find my old one since arriving back. It turns out that not much has changed: the cheapest basic base-plate compass in a tramping shop is $30, and … Continue reading

Posted in update | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment