Not quite as nice a view as the earlier views to the east and west, but I always like this because the end of the hike (at the tower) is in sight.
I stopped here for some lunch, and to take a compass bearing on the tower and mark off where I reckoned I was on the map. Which I did. I also added a way point on the GPS so I could see roughly how accurate I was.
Not bad. You might notice that my GPS looks remarkably like a cell phone. It is. For $18 I installed an app that lets me use the phone like a GPS. In Airplane Mode the battery consumption is minimal, and following tests I ran over the previous couple of days, at the Devil’s Backbone Wilderness, it performs just as well as my Garmin eTrex. It is also 100% better than the Garmin with the big easy to read screen and simple scrolling and zooming, plus the ‘keyboard’ for typing notes on. It’s a great improvement.
The associated website has facilities to print out the maps and routes you are working with — that’s where my printed map came from. Thus far, I highly recommend it. Gaia GPS.
By 1:20 pm I was back at the trailhead.
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