Feb 26, 2019The End is in Sight

Looking towards Hercules Tower from the Pees Hollow Trail at Hercules Glades Wilderness.
The end is in sight. The tower marks the trailhead and the parking lot. Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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.

Compass Bearing Check – Where I thought I was marked on the map, and where the GPS thought I was. Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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 Den 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.

The Tower. Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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