Park rangers call GPS rescue devices “Yuppy 911.” Alone in remote areas, some hikers panic and use rescue devices to notify law enforcement.
There are times when the situation is not an actual emergency, just a drain on tax payers.
Hikers are encouraged to learn how to use a basic compass and map, since GPS devices may not send proper signals in remote areas. GPS devices also might lead hikers to rely on law enforcement for non-emergency situations.
The Suunto KB-14 compass is a pocket sized compass with 1/3 degree accuracy. It has a graduation interval of 0.5 degrees and optical adjustment. It is jeweled bearing and available for five geographic balancing zones.
The compass has no protruding parts and is water resistant. A rubber cover can be purchased separately for $17.95 The KB-14 weighs four ounces and comes with a nylon pouch so it can attach to a belt loop. Two-year warranty. Pricing starts at $125.