Farewell old watch – what now for the hill?

In the old days it was map ,compass, watch when I started on the hills nowadays we have gadgets now on our phone that can nearly do all those things! Yet I always carry a map, compass and wear a watch!

I was a great follower of the GPS but hardly use it as my phone can do most of it as long as I have a signal and battery power.

Are GPS now to expensive and costly ? Or is that just my thoughts.

I carry a spare battery pack all the time for my technology it will last 12 hours but be careful in the cold . Yet I still feel I need a watch on the hill?

My trusty watch and back up watch even older have had it! The Sunto that we got for a discounted price in 2001 for our Everest trip it has now been retired! The watch pins broke over the years and it is beyond fixing now. It has been a good pal but 17 years out in all weathers with me and like me it has taken its toll!

My battered watch – been with me since 2001 !

So I will be looking for another watch ? Any ideas thoughts!
Make sure you still carry a map, compass and watch along with you and have the knowledge to use the map and compass!

all your technology! Ensure you carry a spare battery fully charged for your phone!

Thoughts and comments always welcome !

My mate Pete Greening watch still pristine!

From Pete – Heavy, you can send your watch back to Suunto (details on how to is on their website). For around £50, you send it back to Finland, they keep the insides, but replace pretty much everything else. Worth doing, in my opinion, especially as those watches from our Everest trip hold so many memories!

I will do this !

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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