Articles by: Blake Miller

Surviving a Bear Attack

Surviving a Bear Attack

In my wilderness survival class, I am frequently asked what kind of gun would be the best defense against a bear attack.  I am asked[Read More…]

by March 26, 2016 0 comments Community, Gear, Skills
What Maps to Take Hiking

What Maps to Take Hiking

In a recent map & compass class, one of my students asked me what maps I carry into the backcountry when hiking or hunting. In[Read More…]

by March 17, 2015 0 comments Skills
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Finding Direction Without a Compass

Preparation and carrying the ten essentials is vital to any outdoor trip. Map, compass and GPS make up my navigation kit. Still, the unplanned happens,[Read More…]

by December 8, 2014 0 comments Skills
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Pre-Trail Maintenance for Your GPS Receiver

Summer is a great time to head for the trail and practice with a GPS receiver. There are several things hikers can do before leaving[Read More…]

by August 20, 2014 0 comments Skills
Navigation In Darkness

Navigation In Darkness

Navigation in darkness and reduced visibility is a serious issue for the hiker. Important geographical and trail features (e.g., mountains, roads, forest, etc.) can be[Read More…]

by May 18, 2014 0 comments Community, Skills
Magellan Echo GPS Watch Review

Magellan Echo GPS Watch Review

The Magellan Echo GPS watch is a light weight “smart sports running watch.” The Echo sports watch is linked to the user’s smart phone through[Read More…]

by March 18, 2014 Comments are Disabled Gear
Calibrating The GPS’s Electronic Compass

Calibrating The GPS’s Electronic Compass

Most of the top of the line GPS receivers come with an electronic compass. The electronic compass moves and operates seemingly like a traditional magnetic compass.

by January 21, 2014 0 comments Gear
Taking Good Care of Your Compass

Taking Good Care of Your Compass

If a hiker is willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of boots why not spend a bit more for a decent compass; it can make a huge difference.

by September 16, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills
Monitoring the Weather for Hikers

Monitoring the Weather for Hikers

In 1857 Dutch professor Christopher Buys Ballot postulated that there was a relationship between wind direction and air pressure. Buys-Ballot’s law provides a rough approximation of the location and direction of the low pressure system as it tracks through a region.

by August 27, 2013 0 comments Earth, Skills
Selecting a Magnetic Compass

Selecting a Magnetic Compass

Compass navigation is a perishable skill; it takes practice. In my compass classes I suggest that, as a minimum, two weeks before your next outing work with that compass frequently.

by August 13, 2013 0 comments Gear