Latitude and Longitude

Check out our video or if you would rather read about latitude and longitude we've got that too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqfI3eDUw5E Latitude and Longitude is not the preferred coordinate system if you spend a lot of time plotting your location on a map and calculating distances but it is commonly used with GPS units particularly when geocaching. It also may be the only coordinate system available when you are using old maps or if you are in a foreign country. What is Latitude and Longitude? Lines of Latitude, called parallels, wrap around the earth parallel to the equator. They are always the…

The UTM Coordinate System

What is the UTM coordinate system and why should you care? We've made a video about it or you can read below if moving pictures aren't your thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfgwC8f4wwY When you are exploring, whether on a trail or in the middle of nowhere it's important to be able to figure out exactly where you are. This is where the UTM coordinate system can help. What is UTM? UTM stands for Universal Transverse Mercator. I'm going to cut out a lot of detail and just say the UTM system divides the world into a series of squares. This makes a lot of navigation…