Wilderness Expert Steve MCclure Urges Hikers to Embrace Modern Technology.


Satellite communications could save your life.

Steve McClure wants to change the way wilderness wanderers think about navigation tools.

McClure, 57, has been hiking, climbing and scrambling since he took his first trip to Mount Rainier’s Klapatche Park as a child in the 1960s. Navigation piqued his interest from the start.

“To be out in the wild and find your way there and back is very empowering,” McClure said.

While map and compass skills are important, McClure says backcountry travelers should also embrace modern tools such as GPS and electronic maps.

McClure is a partner at a Seattle management consulting company and is treasurer for The Mountaineers. He is helping write the 10th edition of the organization’s famous “The Freedom of the Hills.” The book is due out in 2017, and McClure says to expect new recommendations for navigation.

McClure has given several presentations on the subject in recent years and says feedback has been positive.

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