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    Default Interesting Survival Story _ Canada.

    Three guys on snowmobiles, depended on their GPS, and it got them into very deep trouble.

    http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/n...scue-1.3517192

    Some things they did right and some they did wrong. Imaginative "containers" for water.

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    Very cool...goes to show you never know....
    I have see this some where...but still a good write up......
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    Is this that same family that gets lost every time they leave the house?

    Sad, sad situation when the Inuit depend on the GPS on a "smart phone" to travel across Baffin Island and find the house. My childhood buddy Jimmy claimed he as only 1/4 Cherokee and I never remember him getting lost a single time.

    No food, except two caribou (shouldn't last more than a month or so), two sleeping bags for three people, no tent. Who trained these freekin' Indians anyway? They have a smart phone but they never thought to dial up WSF for some input on gear before they left! I take more gear on a run to Harbor Freight than that!
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    It just goes to show that only one mistake can get you in trouble. It's like "measure twice, cut once." They only measured once with the GPS, and didn't check it against the navigating skills that they already had before technology came along. Even a Cracker Jack compass would've helped.

    The rest of the story is fantastic. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Even "terrified", the father kept going, and didn't give up, even though he probably felt like a total idiot failure because of the GPS mistake. Good for him.

    Even if I had GPS (I still have a dumb phone), I would still print out (or at least reference on the smart phone) a complete map to my destination, even if I was traveling on roads. Trusting a machine to tell you what to do, one step at a time, without a big picture, is dangerous. My daughter (and her boyfriend at the time) followed GPS to a dead end in the woods because they weren't referencing a "big picture" map. I don't trust the freaking thing at all.

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    Guess I'm old school never used a GPS in the woods even though I've heard good things about them. I'm old school and use a quality compass and maps when avaiable never let me down yet.
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    A story of the "failproof" GPS that can work any place on earth.

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    I think GPS is great. Still, in that type of situation, even a button compass can provide confirmation. Clearly a good place for redundancy.

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    Sooooooo....You are standing on the North Pole....which way is south?
    Which south..... did you leave the truck?

    Tghere was a show...Flying Wild Alaska ...that flew cargo all over Alaska and Canada...were really fighting direction on supply trip,...... so far north the a lot of navigation tools didn't work real well.

    http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/flying-wild-alaska/
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    I enjoyed that show when it was on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter
    You are standing on the North Pole....which way is south?


    Pretty much any direction you travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Pretty much any direction you travel. [/COLOR]
    LOL....BUT
    "Which south..... did you leave the truck?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter63 View Post
    LOL....BUT
    "Which south..... did you leave the truck?"
    The other one.
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