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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tune Up Your Magnetic Compass For Navigation Safety

Staying found can keep you from getting lost and in trouble!
There is no substitute for a good compass, and the ability to use it. Since getting lost is generally the causal factor in most wilderness emergencies, it just makes sense to stay found to stay out of trouble!
In this article, navigation expert Blake Miller tells you how to check out and make sure your magnetic compass is safe and ready to go. For more info, click here.

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1 comment:

Bill Giles said...

I would suggest that it would be a good idea to compare your compass North to the North Star, rather than some other compass. Trouble is, compasses are affected by magnetic anomalies such as an iron ore deposit, or your dutch oven or the knives in your pockets (I've several in mine). Since I live in the northern hemisphere, I often check my heading against the North Star. Granted, I can't see it if the night is cloudy, but I can pick a cloudless night to check my compass. I have numerous compasses from map compasses to a Brunton Pocket Transit. For my purposes, I would rather have a cheap pocket compass in my kit. If I'm in dense woods, it will keep me from going in circles. I usually navigate by watching topographic features, like which side is the creek on when I'm traveling upstream. I do rely on topo maps when hiking, but seldom do any deliberate course charting.

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