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NAVIGATING THE BACKCOUNTRY

by Phil Romig Jr.

Phil Romig Jr, regular navigation columnist for The Backcountry Llama, earned a PhD in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines after serving in the U.S. Navy and working on inertial navigation systems. He was a professor of Geophysics at Mines for thirty-five years and spent twenty-five of those years teaching applied geophysical surveying at the Geophysics Summer Field Camp. During the last eight years at Mines, prior to his retirement, Romig was Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Phil’s column launched in the Winter issue. He discusses topics such as trail technology (GPS devices, software options, technology’s possibilities and pitfalls), the elements of backcountry navigation (vocabulary, coordinate systems, map reading and other tools for backcountry navigation such as pedometers or counters, trail guides, satelite photos, etc.), high-tech safety in the backcountry (satellite messenger tools, medical alert bracelets, etc.) and more.

Supplements to his print columns will be posted here.

The Joys of Not Planning, BCL, Summer 2014, page 9
Intro | Content | Resources | Opinion & Disclaimer

Dead Reckoning, BCL, Fall 2014, page 9
Finding Lily Lake by Dead Reckoning

What About GPS?, BCL, Winter 2014, page 9
Selecting a GPS Receiver

You Have a New GPS... Now What?, BCL, Spring 2015, page 9
Learn to Use GPS in the Backcountry: Intro | Learn About Your GPS Receiver | Set Up Your GPS Receiver | Practice Recording Locations | Interpret your Data Recording and Using Tracks