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How to make a compass in the wilderness for daytime navigation

Navigation at night can easily be accomplished via stars and constellations and various other means exist to make a rough estimate of direction, but during the day, to make an accurate assessment of north and south, you must have a compass.  Here's how to construct a simple compass in the wild. Components and…
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How to read and use a topographic map in a survival situation

Use of a topographic map in a survival situation Topographic maps describe the shape of the land and can be used (along with a compass) to help you locate natural and man-made features like woodlands, waterways, important buildings, and bridges.  The information derived from a topographic map can help you locate…
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Using a magnetic compass and triangulation to calculate the distance of a faraway object

In the wilderness, it is sometimes useful to be able to calculate the distance to a faraway object. Using a compass and basic trigonometry (don’t worry, we’ll show you how), you can easily estimate the distance to a faraway object.  This is possible using principles of geometry and triangulation –…
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Using a Map and Compass

Parts of a Compass Most compasses have markings similar to these: (1) baseplate, (2) glow in the dark pointer, (3) ruler, (4) needle, (5) orienting lines, (6) direction of travel arrow, (7) index line, (8) declination scale, (9) orienting arrow, (10) housing, (11) dial, (12) scales Baseplate: the hard surface…
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No compass available? Here are other means of determining north/south direction.

Stars can be used for navigation and a compass will provide an accurate assessment of north/south direction, but you can also use nature to determine the general direction in a pinch.  Moss, puddles, snow melt patterns, rings in a tree stump, even animal behavior can be used to help you…
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How to use the stars for navigation (in northern and southern hemispheres)

In a wilderness survival situation, you can determine direction using “markers” in the sky, constellations and key stars, that point the way North or South.  The astronomical objects to use are dependent upon your location – Northern Hemisphere or Southern Hemisphere. The Northern Sky (Northern Hemisphere) In the northern hemisphere,…
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