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Survival Myth: A Compass Always Points North

May 4, 2012

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Map & Compass Skills are essential

Getting Lost. It’s been described as an almost claustrophobic episode where the woods are closing in on you. You feel the world encroaching into your space from all directions and you just want to get out of there. For others, not knowing where you are or how to get back to your vehicles feels like […]

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Survival Myth: Moss Only Grows on the North Side of a Tree

April 27, 2012

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moss covered trees don't always point to north

Relying on Technology and Getting Lost A few weeks ago, I was teaching primitive navigational techniques to a group of young men and their fathers. I presented them with a scenario at the beginning of the class. One Saturday morning you decide to go for a hike in the woods. You’ve never been to this […]

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Survival Myth: The North Star Is the Brightest

April 20, 2012

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A view of the night sky

A friend and I were walking in a field in the early evening. We were camping in a remote area, away from even the smallest of towns. There was almost no light pollution where we were and the stars were brilliant. It’s  amazing just how many celestial bodies can be seen with the naked eye […]

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Using the Big Dipper to Find North

March 30, 2012

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Finding north using the stars

For centuries, sailors navigated throughout the world using only the stars to guide them. Armed with only a sextant, they found their way through the Mediterranean Sea and even across the Atlantic Ocean with great accuracy. Although the sextant has long sense been replaced with more modern technologies such as Global Positioning Systems (GPSs), we […]

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Using the Stars to Find North: Cassiopeia

December 19, 2011

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using the stars to find north

I was talking with a friend recently who was lamenting the worsening of his vision. His eyesight had been slowly getting worse over a long period of time. Finally, he couldn’t put it off any longer. He went to an optometrist and got glasses. Within a year of getting, his eyesight had worsened considerably. His […]

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Daytime Navigation Using The Stick And Shadow Method

July 1, 2011

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Lost Man on a Mountain Top

Generally the best advice for the lost victim is to stay put and wait for Search And Rescue (SAR) personnel to find you. Attempting to find your own way out of the wilderness can make their job much more difficult. If you want to go home soon, stay where you are, the saying goes. However, […]

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