Combining Traditional & New
All members of Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) are trained to be proficient in the use of the good ol' compass. They are required to know every aspect of map reading and interpretation. Once the basic skills are acquired, they move on to using the more modern GPS devices. GCSAR uses a portable computer in the field to keep track of and to direct field teams who regularly radio their positions back to the Incident Command Post.
GCSAR keeps at least 2 copies of every 7.5-minute USGS topo map (showing Grand County) at their headquarters building. We also have those maps on CDs that integrate with mapping software and they are loaded onto both the main computer at the EOC and onto the portable computer.