Friday, April 08, 2011

Let's Call Them I-tards

Some hikers and backpackers are relying on Iphone apps to navigate in the wilderness.

Lake District rescue teams said that younger walkers rely too heavily on mobile phones equipped with navigational “apps” and sat nav technology.

Dubbed the “shorts and flip-flops brigade” hardly any are familiar with the traditional methods of using a map and compass.

Nick Owen, Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team leader, said: “They’re great with technology but they can’t walk up a hill without getting into trouble.

“They take no sensible kit like spare clothing and they rely on technical gadgetry which they’re not familiar with.”

If you're a hiker or backpacker, you should know what the Ten Essentials are, and more importantly, you should carry them with you on your hike. You should also know the basics of navigating with a map and compass.

1 comment:

BobG said...

I don't know how many times I've seen some idiot stumbling along a path with his mp3 player plugged into his ears, and he can't hear anything going on around him.
I always think of them as iDiots.