1. At the flying school, P explained that he wouldn’t usually use a GPS to plan a route, but would take it just in case of an emergency like low cloud
I might say, ‘well i’m not going to use the GPS’ but just in case something goes wrong i’ll switch the GPS on, and just put it on the back seat, so I haven’t done any planning with it what-so-ever, and then if suddenly something happens and we’ve got to go somewhere else I can pull it up and say right the GPS is switched on, its been listening to all the satellites so it knows where we are now, so then I can start to re-plan my alternate, or alternate way around. Maybe clouds come down so I can’t fly over this high ground so i’ve got to come around the coast so I can say right, well, I could actually do that and put a waypoitn in there, and say right just go to that point.
2. At the walking group M explained how he uses GPS to do walks he’s not been on before, and an instance, in cloud again, when he was glad he had the GPS with him.
And, I was trying to get it three dimensional to make the point much better, but basically you can see its a zig zag path which actually climbs 800 metres from sea level onto this ridge, and the ridge becomes extremely narrow with probably something like 500 metre drops both sides, very close, and when we got to the top, the clouds came down. It was quite nice having GPS then, and even then we didn’t realise quite how dodgy it was. But i’ve quite enjoyed and I can’t quite demonstrate because I can’t quite overcome my use of google maps, google earth, but if you can get that into 3D you can just see how dramatic the walk was, even the bits that were in the cloud, I can now see what we missed.
3. Talking to Luis Sotelo, a performance artist who is working with walking and mapping. I had lent him a GPS for his walking performance, re-tracing the path of an old indigenous walking route in Columbia. He described how on his preliminary walks the sky was clear, but for the performance the cloud came down and it rained, but that somehow this atmosphere was perfect for the walk, and that they felt it connected them much more to perhaps a spiritual sense of the past and the landscape. Its also interesting that this is a part of the satellite map that it has been considered it is OK to use an image with cloud obscuring the landscape, in contrast to the clarity of the skies over cities.