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GPS Rock Climbing Guide.
GPS coordinates of rock climbing areas (and hot springs) in the USA, Europe and the World.
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Chateau Vert (Vallon Sourn)
Colombiere (Falaise de la)
Dentelles de Monmirail
Gorges du Verdon
Los Mallos de Riglos
Prades Mountains, Siurana
Laos, Vang Vieng, Nam Tham
Laos, Vang Vieng, Sleeping Wall
Thailand, Krabi, Phra-Nang
Vietnam, Central, Dalat
Vietnam, North East, Halong Bay
Rock climbing in new places is exciting, but
it often involves frustrating hours lost trying to find the right parking
area, the right trail, the start of the climb. If you find bush whacking
on loose ground with a cryptic climbing guide description in one hand a
fun way to spend your time, please do no read further. Using a GPS (Global
Positioning System) can make things much simpler.
Hiking GPS units can be purchase for about $100.
Currently most of this site coordinates are acquired using a
This guide includes the coordinates of preferably "clothing optional"
Hot Springs that are enjoyable after a day of climbing or hiking. Some
camping and hiking information around climbing areas are also included.
Pictures, frames and fancy backgrounds are absent on this site
to facilitate printing: Please print copies of the
relevant areas to take with you to the crags.
You can also choose true or magnetic north.
Bearings without the label "true" or "magnetic" are true bearings
(e.g. "head north-west along a field").
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Using a GPS
For the GPS to give you your track (i.e. the direction
you are going) you have to be moving: If you are stopped or moving too
slowly the GPS will not give you a direction. To figure out where to go,
read the bearing to your next way point on the GPS, then use a good old
magnetic compass. Remember to set your GPS to give you magnetic bearings
(if not you will have to compensate for the variation between true north
and magnetic north; about 15 degrees around San Francisco!).
The GPS signal is sometimes lost in forests, canyons and close to cliffs.
Transfer waypoints directly to a GPS
On 2-May-2000 the US military has stop degrading
the GPS signal (this degradation was called "Selective Availability").
The precision has improved to about 15 meters. Some
older coordinates in this guide have been acquired with an greater
error. The errors on the GPS measured altitudes are larger.
The "WAAS" signal introduced in 2000 is sometimes available and amazing
precisions of the order of 3 meters are now obtainable, only a few coordinates
in this guide use this signal.
An altimeter is also useful.
The altitudes measured with an altimeter are labeled "altimeter altitudes" in this guide.
All other altitudes are measured
with a GPS. If you have an altimeter I suggest that you set the altitude
to match the altitude of the starting point (e.g. the parking).
The bearings given in this guide are sometimes not
very precise. With a GPS you will do fine with approximate bearings!
Copyright and disclaimer
Feel free to copy and redistribute for free this
guide (on dead trees or electronically), you are not authorized to sell
this guide or major parts of it without the author's written consent. To
help climbers everywhere you are authorized to use the author's GPS coordinates
in you own local climbing guides, and (obviously) to sell these guides.
Please mention this site's URL and my name in your paper or electronic
publications. Send me an email referring to your publication or URL.
This guide probably includes errors: use your own judgment. A straight
line between waypoints is usually not be the best or safest
way to go!
Contribute to this site
Please email me your own GPS coordinates of crags,
including if possible parking areas and even way points along the road
or the trails. I will mention your name and organization. You can also
just send me your comments! My email is below.
Created 19 February 1998
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