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Sunday, February 06, 2011

MooPig's "Duct Tape and Marshmallows Department of Theory and Speculation" - Experts Warn of 'Death by GPS' as More People Visit Remote Wildernesses
Retrieved by Pat Darnell

Death is not a funny thing. But one does find it amusing this title: "Death by GPS," no?

" ... And that includes the hazards of the remotest regions," said Death Valley wilderness coordinator Charlie Callagan. (SOURCE)

Okay, so we have included the word 'Death' in all the sentences of this post so far. The article says:
"It's what I'm beginning to call death by GPS," Callagan told the Sacramento Bee. "People are renting vehicles with GPS and they have no idea how it works -- and they are willing to trust the GPS to lead them into the middle of nowhere."
It may even cause GMC and FORD Motors to include this label near your car's GPS module in the future: "DO NOT DEPEND ONLY ON YOUR VEHICLE GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM. ..."
" ... A spokesman for device manufacturer Garmin dismissed calls, referring to old statements the company has made on GPS deaths. And rival Magellan did not respond to requests for more information."
As for Death Valley, it remains a tourist magnet, and for good reasons. Although, an excursion out into this  dangerous desert could be ill-timed, because electronic gizmo's will not guide you in those hot, lurid, killer expanses of the Valley.


" ... Much of the year, Death Valley is actually more lovely than life-threatening. That is especially true in the spring, when silver ribbons of water splash down canyon walls and dozens of species of wildflowers, from Mojave asters to Indian paintbrush, bloom in technicolor abandon.

" ... But summer is a different story. The park map is dotted with names suggesting the danger, such as Deadman Pass, Coffin Peak, the Funeral Mountains and the Devil's Golf Course.

" ... 'It's hard to appreciate what 120 degrees is like and how quickly you can get into trouble if you are exposed to it for any length of time,' said Scott Wanek, chief ranger for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service. (Knudson, Tom. 30 Jan 2011. Sacramento News HERE) ... "

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d2r2 said...

Explains the billboards I saw out in the desert.

"Lost? The map is in my book."

MooPig_Wisdom said...

Hey, you're back ... standing by to hear about your mountaintop experiences.

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