Don't become too reliant on your GPS.
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Having a GPS during your backwoods trips is not a guarantee that you won’t get lost. Here are nine tips that can help when your GPS fails you. If pioneers navigated without the help of a GPS, so can you!

1. Don’t be over-reliant on your GPS.

2. Be aware that all databases contain errors.

3. Know that GPS technology is vulnerable to unforeseen phenomena, such as sunspot activity and electronic signals.

4. Learn how to use a compass.

5. Learn how to read maps, including topos.

6. Learn where local landmarks lie in relation to one another and to the cardinal directions.

7. Learn to read environmental signs to give you a sense of direction.

8. Do not venture into difficult or unknown terrain without a compass and map.

9. Be aware that GPS cannot distinguish between good and bad roads.

This article was originally published in The NEW PIONEER™ Fall 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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