Which do you prefer, a real map or a electronic map? Call me old school, call me old fashioned, call me out of date, or even not keeping up with the times – but give me a real map over an electronic map any day. Heck, I’ll even take a hand drawn map over an electronic map.
Ok, so why the hatred for electronic maps? Its not that I “hate” electronic maps, there are just too many points of failure.
Lets take a GPS and has a built in map feature:
- Require to batteries.
- May not work well without clear view of the sky.
- GPS satellites are under government control, and can be turned off at anytime.
I dont know about you, but sometimes I go hiking / camping in places that have a dense tree canopy, which can block the GPS signal. My GPS is a Garmin Etrex. Its a fairly inexpensive model, and a fairly old model – but it gets the job done (most of the time.)