How to use GPS devices in the mountains safely

Posted by Carey Davies on 20/08/2015

You may have a GPS nestling in the palm of your hand when you read this - but can you use it in the hills and mountains? Chris Townsend takes us through how to use GPS in the outdoors safely, whether on a standalone device or your phone.

Global Positioning System (GPS) devices are ubiquitous today - you may even have one nestling in your hands as you read this on your phone. 

But what role do these devices have when it comes to navigating in the hills and mountains? Can you use your iPhone or Samsung to help navigate outdoors? Do you need to buy a standalone GPS device if you have a navigation app on your phone? 

One of the world’s most respected experts on long-distance walking and backpacking, Chris Townsend explains the different types of GPS and, most importantly, how to use them safely in conjunction with other navigational techniques. 

Chris is also the BMC’s first hill walking ambassador.

WATCH: How to use GPS devices safely

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How to use GPS devices in the mountains safely

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