Rising and Converging

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Just try and get lost: find your way on- or off-road with the Magellan Meridian Color.     Photo: Clay Ellis

WHETHER YOU'RE A GEEK or a technophobe, recent advances in technology make it amazingly easy to find your way on land or water. The latest GPS chips have been shrunk to the size of a dime, and manufacturers are using the extra space to create handier and simpler navigation devices with enhanced display features and built-in extras tailored to specific outdoor pursuits. Likewise, the latest phones and two-way radios are smaller and more powerful than ever. Best of all, GPS and communication technologies are converging in a new breed of multipurpose devices that will reduce your overall gadget load. Whatever the adventure—a backcountry climb, a remote paddling expedition, or just an afternoon trail run—the tools presented here are guaranteed to keep you tuned in.

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