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Maps / Re: OS 229 Forest / Woodland
« on: March 07, 2015, 08:16:37 AM »
Hugh, many thanks for the reply.  I was on the right track with the boundary access, the colour difference's with the forestry confused me. I thought they would have been the same but I guess it's easier to see which is access Land.

Thanks Claire

Maps / OS 229 Forest / Woodland
« on: March 05, 2015, 07:38:16 PM »
On the OS map 229 Thetford Forest and the Brecks there are two different shades of green, for forested areas.  Could someone please explain the difference between the two.  I have looked on the OS website but don't seem to be able to find an explanation.  Thanks

General Discussion / Re: GPS Training
« on: February 21, 2013, 07:53:16 PM »
Hi Claire, like you, me and my wife were completely new to this technology, we bought Lyle’s book and a couple of second hand ETrex H models from EBay and simply started to work our way, step by step and at weekends, through the GNSS section of his manual. Friday nights we would read the techniques we wished to learn and the following day, book in one hand and satnav in the other, we did the practical work - we are both teachers ;) Plus, we have learned so much from this forum and as you are finding, members much better qualified are more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

It was incredible how quickly we picked up the skills, after around 6 weekends we were both very proficient users. Today I instruct our geography students in the use of handheld satnavs on field trips. I think that there are two important components to learning to use this technology:
1.   Understand your map and compass work well. 
2.   Have a structured approach to your learning and instead of trying to learn it all at once, do it in small steps and really consolidate each piece of learning.

A one day course could kick-start you but I think from what you say, in your case this is unnecessary.

Of course if you are ever up in the Lakes you are more than welcome to join Emma and me on one of our hikes :)
Pete, thanks for that.  Your quite right about structuring and cosolidating what you have learnt, I've found this working already, last weekend I used the sat nav to help with my PC as Lyle describes in the book.  I love walking in the Lakes so next time we are planning to go up will let you know.  Thanks again for the advice.  Claire

General Discussion / Re: GPS Training
« on: February 20, 2013, 06:13:10 AM »
Thanks everyone for your advice,

I have an etrex 10 and I have followed the manuals which as you say are not the best. I'm sure if I keep practicing with the unit and use the forum for any queries I will get there.  My experience is very basic at the moment i.e I can set waypoints, and record my tracks, and I've even managed to upload to GE, but still finding that a little confusing, not been able to download a track from there yet.

I do have one question at the moment and thats about the proximity alarms setting.  Could anybody reccomend what to have the radius setting on - it comes up 000.00 miles.  Once this is set, is the unit supposed to give an auidble alarm to show you are near year destination?

Many thanks again Claire

General Discussion / GPS Training
« on: February 18, 2013, 06:08:46 AM »
Hi all,

Can I ask if anybody has had any experience with a company called GPS Training.  I've been looking at their courses and would just like to know if anybody has experienced them or know of any that they could recommend.

Many thanks ,  Claire

New Member Introductions / Re: just saying hi
« on: February 14, 2013, 06:06:17 AM »
Hi Steve, nice to see you joining the forum.  Good luck with the Scouts.

Plans / Chisea Italy and then Bavaria
« on: January 07, 2013, 12:50:22 PM »
I'm off to Chisea for a long weekend skiing with my sister and then the following week I'm off on an Exped with work to Bavaria for some Alpine Ski Touring.

Will be taking the satnav to try and get some experience with this new piece of kit.  Hopefully pictures to follow on my return.

Claire :)

Reviews, Suggestions and Advice / Re: New Garmin Etrex 10 First Impressions
« on: December 29, 2012, 05:45:40 PM »
Lyle, I agree with what you have said, but as this was a gift I shall make the best of it and once I have advanced my knowledge and skills I'm sure that I will be able to invest in something a little more advanced.  Many thanks for your advice. 
Claire. :)

Reviews, Suggestions and Advice / Re: New Garmin Etrex 10 First Impressions
« on: December 28, 2012, 09:53:39 AM »
Hi Mikee, I have also just got my first Sat Nav and it is also an Etrex 10.  Like you I was a little dissapointed with the instruction manual but I found plenty to read on the Internet.  I hope to get out today and have a play.  Have you any more good or bad points to update that you have found out yet.  I'll keep you posted on anything I experience.

Claire :)

New Techniques & Learning / Re: Contour lines
« on: December 10, 2012, 09:31:10 AM »

Thanks for the advice, I've only just started reading UNM and its great.  Hope some study helps.


New Techniques & Learning / Contour lines
« on: December 09, 2012, 05:25:28 PM »
I'm looking for some advice and tips to further my knowledge in interpretating contour lines to the ground.  I live in Suffolk and as you know its very flat and hours from the hills  :(.  So my question is, are there any ways in which I can practice this at home? Any advice would be great thanks.  :)

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello everyone
« on: December 09, 2012, 04:49:06 PM »
Welcome, Claire! A few weeks ago I was bemoaning the fact that there appeared to be no ladies on this forum. This makes you doubly welcome!

I note that you have only been walking for a couple of years, so I guess that you must be between three and four years old. Your reading and writing skills are truly remarkable for one so young!

It's snowing in the Chiltern Hills.


Hi Hugh, Its great to see there's plenty of humour here, looks like I'll fit right in. Thanks for the welcome.

New Member Introductions / Hello everyone
« on: December 06, 2012, 08:30:19 PM »
Hi all, I've only been walking for a couple of years and have got the bug........ I'm looking to expand my knowledge and hope to share my experience with all of you. I can already see that there are some great topics on the forum and look forward to reading through them.

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