>>MICHAEL: My name is Michael Chmiel and I’m
a DICK’S Sporting Goods Pro.
Today we’re going to review some of the
ways to navigate while you’re on the trail.
The three systems we’re going to review
today are a compass and map, digital GPS and
your cell phone.
They all have their own benefits and drawbacks.
>>MICHAEL: So, the first system is a compass
Some of the benefits to that is that there’s
no battery required, no service required and
However, this method does require some skill,
so please take the time to do your research
and practice using this system before you
rely on it when you’re out on the trail.
>>MICHAEL: The benefit to using GPS systems
is that you’re able to download maps and
customize that to your location, so you don’t
have to worry about connecting to cell service
while you’re out on the trail.
Be sure to connect to satellites before you
start your hike and definitely take into account
that these need to be charged or bring additional
batteries along with you.
>>MICHAEL: So, cell phones are great for shorter
hikes as they’re a very convenient option.
There are also a lot of great apps available
to help you navigate and document your trip.
The drawbacks while using a cell phone on
a hike is that cell service can be spotty
depending on your location.
It can also drain your battery quick and deplete
>>MICHAEL: So, these are just a few options,
but depending on the type of hike that you
plan to take, that will determine which system
you will pack along with you, but I would
always recommend to pack a compass just in
case for emergencies.