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Stephen W. Hinch

Stephen W. Hinch

Stephen Hinch has taught courses in GPS navigation to police and fire personnel, park rangers, search-and-rescue staff, and recreational outdoor enthusiasts since 1998. When he was young, his avid rockhound parents would pack up the family and head out to remote desert locations in search of semi-precious stones nearly every weekend. These desert explorations honed his navigational skills and taught him the importance of not getting lost.

Trained as an electrical engineer, Hinch has more than 30 years of experience in upper-level mangement in the high-tech industry, with three patents to his name. He maintains an active author blog about GPS technology on Amazon.com.


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Outdoor Navigation with GPS 3ed
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Outdoor Navigation with GPS 3ed
Stephen W. Hinch


For outdoor adventurers who hike, fish, kayak, cross-country ski, or mountain bike in the backcountry, a GPS receiver can help them reach their destination and return safely--but only if they know how to use it! Here is the guide to getting the most out of a GPS receiver, from basic consumer advice to advanced techniques. It even includes fun solo and team games that utilize GPS. Starting with essential definitions such as UTM coordinate systems, position formats, and map datums, and moving on to creating "waypoints," and using your GPS with a computer, this succinct book teaches you what you really need to know for outdoor GPS use, including basic map-and-compass skills and primitive navigation techniques that you can use if your GPS unit fails.

Advanced techniques are also covered, such as creating custom maps, and new technologies are discussed, including using GPS-enabled mobile phones, (and why they won’t always find your position in the wilderness) and how to use GPS with Google Earth and Google Maps. With years of experience as a GPS instructor, Hinch is well-versed in all aspects of navigation and GPS use, and he covers them all in a jargon-gree, easy-to-follow style.

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