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Aug 14

Is GPS technology putting you in danger?

We all know the benefits of having GPS enable devices. They lead us through large cities that we have never visited, they show us the way home when we get lost, they help us avoid heavy traffic, they warn us of speed traps. But are they also putting us in a dangerous position because when Geocaching we use GPSr’s to venture into areas that in the past we normally would not have? I use my GPSr to take me into very secluded and rugged locations that many times don’t have any mobile phone coverage. What would I do if I got hurt and could not contact someone?

This New York times article does not specifically mention the GPSr getting you into trouble but while reading the article I thought about some of the dangerous situations Geocaching has put me in. What do you think? How do you protect yourself when venturing into the wilderness?

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