phones are highly falable to water and damage and running out of power...
its a problem today that a lot of trampers don't use maps and compasses or even know how to use them.
theres the whole dumbing down process of using technology, that people are treating as a complete solution to navigation.
the news is full of people who were relying on their phone in the bush and it failed and they had no backup form of navigation
waynowski, really? Nonsense. IP67/IP68 phones are pretty cheap, and you would be carrying a battery charger anyway.
The old school method of what to do when are lost:
1. find out where you are on the map.
Right there and then an utter fail.
I won't deny map and compass can be useful, but it's way harder then people think it is, and using a map on your phone is a nice stepping stone.
never rely completely on electronics for navigation... they arent fullproof for the reasons i mentioned above, when they stop working you need to understand how to use a map and compass.
a lot of people dont think beyond relying on their electronics,
its also an issue with beacons, people have beacons and dont bother with alteratives such as making sure someone is briefed on your trip intentions incase the beacon doesnt work.
I have just done the RTM in 4 days , clockwise, about 28.5 hours walking time. My biggest day was Rangipo to Mangaturuturu in 9.5 hours and I got a ride up the road. Then to Whakapapa about 9 hours. I was getting pretty tired by then.
I met 4 parties/individuals going the other way in 3 days. Whakapapa to Mangaturuturu 7.5 hours, to Rangipo 9.5 hours and I'm guessing to Whakapapa 9 hours. They were about half my age, maybe less, all but one were T. A. walkers.
It is spectacular country, particularly the drier side.
Next time I will do it in 5 days.
This post has been edited by the author on 10 December 2018 at 20:05.