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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

If you’re lost in the outdoors - Part 2 (Direction of Travel)

If you’re lost in the outdoors - Part 2 (Direction of Travel) 
So if you don’t have a compass, how do you figure out direction of travel during the daytime? Here’s 3 different methods for you to try:
 
Shadowless Stick Method: Place a stick in the ground and then move or adjust it until the shadow disappears completely, soon it will reappear with the shadow running roughly East/West.
 
Shadow Stick Method: Place a stick in the ground and mark the tip of the shadow it casts with a small stick or stake in the ground. Then wait 10 minutes and repeat, after 30 minutes or longer, you’ll have a row of small sticks marking the East/West line (North/South is perpendicular to this line).
 
Watch Method: Take a fine stick and place it in the center of the watch hands (not a digital watch), hold the watch level and rotate the whole watch until the sticks shadow is parallel with or falling over the hour hand. ½ way between the hour hand and 12 o’clock is North/South.

(Digital watch version: Just draw a basic watch pattern on paper, etc and repeat the steps above based on the correct time).

See you on the trail,
--Greg

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