Let me tell you a little story about something that happened to me before I found the world of Garmin.
I was doing a solo backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. I had my route all planned out, a pack full of supplies, and a week to complete a 40 mile circuit that I had mapped out.
I brought maps with me. Topographical, of course. And I set out. Part of my route was on trails, but I wanted to be hardcore and drew my circuit to include some back country hiking.
Well, it turned out that I miscalculated how good I was at reading topographical maps. On the third day, I descended a valley and expected to see a large lake and was met with a dry ravine. Uh oh.
Garmin! How I Could Have Used You.
I then tried to figure out where I was by analyzing the maps, and narrowed my location down to two possible places. I guessed which one I was in and used that as my reference point to get back on track.
Well… I guessed wrong on that too!
When all was said and done, I ended up staying out about 3 days longer than I meant to. Food ran way low. I was hungry all the time. And I worried my family quite a bit once they realized I had been gone too long.
After that, I researched alternatives to maps that could aid me in backcountry hiking and learned about Garmin products. Their handheld GPS units and GPS watches are a god-send. I now swear by Garmin. I’ve never been lost since.
I might even name my first born child “Garmin”. Regardless of gender!
The point is: when venturing into the wilderness, especially alone, it is downright irresponsible to not have a handheld GPS unit. If I had fallen and broken a leg, I’d be dead. Especially when I had no way of communicating with the outside world.
I’m sorry for not discovering you sooner, Garmin!