Disappointing Ride Today

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by JtB, 8 Apr 2010.

  1. JtB

    JtB Executive Rooster

    Location:
    North Hampshire
    Got totally lost and had to cut the ride short to work our way back to base.

    Annoying thing is, we did this ride only last year.

    At least there was lots of mud.
     
  2. 02GF74

    02GF74 Über Member


    but that's a good thing, innit?:sad:
     
  3. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

  4. OP
    OP
    JtB

    JtB Executive Rooster

    Location:
    North Hampshire
    Funnily enough that was the map I was using when we got lost (again) earlier in the week walking. Not having much luck with maps recently (too accustomed to GPS I think) and losing all credibility. :tongue:
     
  5. Debian

    Debian New Member

    Location:
    West Midlands
    It's never a good idea, IMHO, to come to rely on anything electronic. I do carry a GPS but try to only use it when I get really stuck. I try to use map and compass normally to keep my eye in.

    I find that if I rely on a map then I'm much more aware of my surroundings because I'm always looking for landmarks to navigate by.
     
  6. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    Exactly what is the element of chance with maps?
     
  7. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Crapnav is a disaster - I used it once and was so shocked at my resulting complete ignorance of my whereabouts that I have never touched one since.

    I agree that for a truck or delivery driver or taxi in an unfamiliar area it has its uses but leisure users are much better off with a map, which gives you much more information. Using a crapnav is the equivalent of using a map but viewing it through a long thin cardboard tube.

    I was driving to meet two colleagues at a restaurant recently when I spotted a go-slow on the motorway so I dived off and joined the old parallel A road. Called my colleague who was following a few minutes behind and told him to do the same. So what did the feckin' eejit do? He left the motorway and when the A road reached the next junction he blindly followed the crapnav's instruction to join the motorway..... straight into a monster go-slow!
     
  8. Debian

    Debian New Member

    Location:
    West Midlands
    The only time I use the satnav I carry with me is when I decide that I'm totally and irrevocably lost! :laugh:

    The last time it happened, when I finally chickened out and fired up the satnav I found that I'd spent over an hour, struggling uphill across muddy fields to end up within about 50 yards of where I started from!! I don't often get lost but when I do it's usually a howler :smile:
     
  9. OP
    OP
    JtB

    JtB Executive Rooster

    Location:
    North Hampshire
    the map reader :smile:
     
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