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Garmin Oregon 600

rated 4 of 5 stars The Garmin Oregon 600 a versatile touchscreen GPS. With the addition of topographical maps, it's an invaluable aid when hiking and backpacking. The Garmin's Oregon 600 is a feature rich handheld GPS. The 600 is waterproof; features a 3.0 touchscreen, customizable screens and exterior buttons; includes a digital compass and barometric altimeter. It also tracks GPS and Glassass satellites. The 600 includes 1.5 gigs of internal memory which allows the internal basemap to store up to 4000 waypoints,… Full review

Satmap Active 12

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I easily configured this for left-handed use and have used it really effectively even with the standard 1:50 basic Landranger map that it comes with. I have also bought regional maps (10 to 45 gbp) at 1:25 and less for geo-caching, walking mountain trails and cycling the moors. For all uses this has replaced my Garmin and is easier to use since everything is button press function access, which might sound an odd positive but miss-touching a capacitive screen to lose the detail in a swipe (particularly… Full review

SPOT Personal Tracker

rated 5 of 5 stars 15,000 miles, 31 countries, and the Spot Tracker performed really well. From remote areas to urban concrete jungles it never failed me. I used the Tracker on a recent trip so that people could follow live via the Tracker's webpage. 15,000 miles, 31 countries in 21 days and it performed very well. The only issues I had were batteries as I didn't have the space to carry supplies. I had no dead spots and the customized messages came in handy to let people know I was OK.  Full review

SPOT Personal Tracker

rated 5 of 5 stars Death comes to those that are not prepared. If you want to get lost and die then do not buy. If you want your life and want your stuff then this is for you. I am 78 years old and a rather disabled old lady. I like to drive thru Death Valley and there are lots of places with no cell service. My daughter always knows how to track me and if I spend too long in any one spot she can send help. We have a two hour agreement on how long is too long.   Spot is even great in town where there is cell service. Full review

ACR ResQLink+

rated 5 of 5 stars I rate this PLB a full 5.0 as it has the strongest signal and over a 4-6 year period is less expensive then either the Spot 3 or the DeLorme. Ease of Use:   The ResQLink cannot be easier to use. One button to test. One button to call for help. Features:   Two button operation, easy to use Signal goes directly to Search and Rescue, rather then a call center Built-in strobe light Construction and Durability: - Well, I just purchased it, but it seems very well made Conditions: Took it into the Grand… Full review

Garmin eTrex 20x

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great for everything you would expect it to be used for, but difficult to use. No one would want a phone that required you to press "7" four times to text the letter "s". Why has this not evolved? We loaded gpx files, saved tracks, followed coordinates, etc. every thing worked great. My only complaint is that I need to hit Google every time I want to try something new. Its interface hasn't evolved in 10 plus years. Time for a major overhaul.  Full review

Magellan eXplorist 510

rated 1 of 5 stars Don't buy one !!!! They have random PCB problems. Don't buy one !!!! Most have a battery drain fault that Magellan won't fix. It's on the PCB and effects 510 610 710 randomly and it will get you stuck in the middle of nowhere!!!! Take them back while you have warranty and it's not the suspend mode or the screen capture. Full review

DeLorme inReach SE

rated 4 of 5 stars It worked when I really needed it in the Sierras (and was a comfort in Mongolia). I bought this device as my "rattlesnake plan." My plan is to always carry it on hikes as my Plan B if I get bitten (or break a leg, etc) too far from the trailhead for cell service and too far for my wife to find her way out (poor sense of direction). I bought it on sale at REI--$50 off plus $50 service credit, so effectively $200. I've used it on numerous day hikes in the SF Bay area and the Sierras and I used it… Full review

Brunton TruArc 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Inexpensive, accurate, precise, and compact compass with a global needle and adjustable declination. A compass you’ll likely pack everywhere. Not loaded with features, but all the features you must have to navigate any terrain with your map. You can trust this item to do what you need it to do.  I've heard the TruArc 3 referred to as a training compass, a starter compass, and a beginner's compass. I take exception to that because there really is no such thing. Yes, there are basic base plate… Full review

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Ultimate Survival Technologies Lensatic Compass Compass
$4
 
Adirondack Mountain Club Long and Ell Ponds Trail Map, RI US Northeast Paper Map
$4
Great Swamp Press Long and Ell Ponds Trail Map - Rhode Island US Northeast Paper Map
$4
Pocket Profile Maps John Muir Trail/PCT Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$4
 
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Data Book 2014 Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
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National Geographic Wolves Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$4
National Geographic Caterpillar To Butterfly Plant/Animal Identification Guide
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REI Zip-O-Gauge Thermometer Weather Instrument
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Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$5
 
Map Adventures Portland Maine Trails Map/Guide US Northeast Paper Map
$5
Sun Company Zippersnapper 1 Weather Instrument
$5
 
Silva Fisheye 328 Compass
$5 MSRP
Sun Company Zip-o-gage Weather Instrument
$6
National Geographic South Carolina Map US South Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Illinois Map US Midwest Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Indiana Map US Midwest Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Massachusetts Map US Northeast Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Northern California Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Wisconsin Map  US Midwest Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Georgia Map US South Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Pennsylvania Map US Northeast Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Texas Map  US South Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Alabama Map US South Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Kentucky Map US South Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Southern California Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6 - $7
National Geographic Colorado Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$6 - $7
National Geographic North Carolina Map  US South Paper Map
$6 - $11
National Geographic Washington Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6 - $11
National Geographic Virginia Map  US South Paper Map
$6 - $11
National Geographic New York Map  US Northeast Paper Map
$6 - $11
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Bogachiel Valley Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Enchanted Valley - Skokomish Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
 
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Gray Wolf - Dosewallips Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Quinault/Colonel Bob Wilderness Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct The Brothers - Mt. Anderson Map US Pacific States Guidebook
$6
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Elwha Valley Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct North Olympic Coast Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
Map Adventures Northern Vermont Hiking Trails US Northeast Paper Map
$6
Fine Edge Lake Tahoe's Top 20 Bike Rides US Pacific States Guidebook
$6
Falcon Guides Building Your Own Indoor Climbing Wall Climbing Book
$6 MSRP
Silva Companion 609 Compass
$6 - $9
Mount Diablo Interpretive Association Mount Diablo State Park Trail Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
 
REI Universal Transverse Mercator
$6
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Brunton 9068 Compass
$6 MSRP
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