3164Re: FW: mileage
- Dec 8, 2008Maps. Get the Harrison JMT map set and you will be all set. Mileage
is marked very conveniently between trail junctions. Could be
anywhere from 0.3 miles to 10 miles between junctions. Keep track of
your pace on different terrains and time since the last junction and
you should know exactly where you are. Landmarks and a compass help,
but to be honest I might have used the compass only once or twice, I
don't really remember. Landmarks were always sufficient for me, even
when off trail.
There are other map sets... I also brought a much more detailed
National Geographic set that had some extra info on interesting stops
along the trail but wasn't really useful as far as navigating the
trail. Harder to read and didn't have nice mileage shown between
I've never had the desire to use GPS on the trail, but i'm kind of
like that everywhere. JMT is EXTREMELY well marked. The only
confusing bit I can remember was right by the Muir Trail Ranch. Plus,
with a trail like that its not practical to leave it on all day, so it
takes a few minutes to get an accurate fix after powering up - my
experience anyways. I don't really like sitting around on the side of
the trail fidgeting with it till its hot. If you are planning
extensive off-trail travel and have difficulty reading a
map/compass/landmarks then bring a GPS (and get familiar with it and
the maps). Pedometers are worthless for this sort of thing IMHO so
leave it at home. Watch is sometimes nice. I've got a solar charger
with a USB cable to charge up my Magellan Crossover - its made by
Solio but there are some inexpensive ones as well if you go that route.
I'm not really sure how elevation helps, but there are 10,000ft signs.
Are you bringing an altimeter? (you probably won't use it) Just
look for where the 10,000 ft contour intersects with the trail.
So basically, just get the Harrison maps.
--- In email@example.com, "Barbara Karagosian"
> Hi there, How do you all measure mileage hiked each day? I've found
> pedometers to be quite inaccurate, and don't want to leave my GPS on
> time cos of battery drainage. Do you estimate it based on maps and
> elevation? Thanks so much - Barbara
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