Backpacker Using a GPS

Backpacker Using a GPS

Digital Trip Planning, Recording, and Sharing

By Bruce Grubbs

Falcon Press Publishing, Paperback, 9780762756551, 87pp.

Publication Date: February 2011

Backpacker's Using a GPS: Digital Trip Planning, Recording, and Sharing is a complete guide to the digital mapping revolution including how to do it and how to join it. Plan your trip, record it with GPS, edit and enhance your maps (photos and videos), and share with the world. Include out-in-the-field instructions for using a GPS; how GPS works; basic field techniques; computer-based mapping with GPS; conventional navigation skills, etc. This handy pocket-sized guide is 96 pages, includes two popouts, and incorporates color photos, charts, and illustrations as needed throughout the interior.

About the Author
The author has been hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing throughout the American West for several decades. He participated in the technical first ascents of the last major summits to be climbed in the Grand Canyon. Bruce has spent more than 400 days hiking in the Grand Canyon. He continues to enjoy long backpacking treks through remote sections of the Grand Canyon, as well as hiking and backpacking trips elsewhere in the American West. Outdoor writing and photography have always been part of Bruce's outdoor experiences. His first published article was in a local Arizona outdoor magazine, and he has since been published by Backpacker Magazine and several regional publications. Later, his writing focus expanded to include books, with the publication of Hiking Arizona with Stewart Aitchison. He has since written thirty more published books. Earlier, Bruce worked eleven seasons as a wildland fire fighter for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. His positions included fire lookout, engine foreman, helitack foreman, and fire station manager. He was part owner of an outdoor shop for eight years. More recently, he started and continues to run a successful computer consulting business, offering personal computer support and website design to individual clients and small businesses. Bruce has been a professional pilot for more than 25 years and has over 8,000 hours of flight time. Other interests include Amateur Radio, where he served for several years as the local Amateur Radio Emergency Coordinator. He also is a mountain biker, sea kayaker, and figure skater. He is currently president and webmaster of the local figure skating club.