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Selecting a Magnetic Compass

Selecting a Magnetic Compass

In my navigation classes I’ll use features (roads, trail segments) that I know are laid out in true north to stay dialed in. Faulty compasses jump right out with their inaccuracies when you trek along a route that you know runs true north.

by September 13, 2011 0 comments Skills
Baseline Navigation

Baseline Navigation

Returning to a baseline is a pretty straight forward concept. The idea is that you leave camp from a known location and strike out in a specific direction such as North, or 000°. When it is time to return aim to the left or right of camp (like 165°T), hit the logging road camp is on and turn right. That is the concept but there is a bit more to it.

by July 19, 2011 0 comments Skills
Orienting Your Topographic Map

Orienting Your Topographic Map

I want to be as dialed in as the compass. This can be difficult in bad weather with limited visibility. In such a situation I’ll check my GPS, verify and plot my position on the map. I may resort to dead reckoning as I proceed.

by June 21, 2011 0 comments Skills
Wilderness Survival for Backpackers

Wilderness Survival for Backpackers

We’ve all gotten lost in the woods, but what happens if we can’t find our way out before dark

by September 1, 2010 0 comments Skills