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The Wilderness Survivor, Issue #002 - Finding direction from the wind
June 04, 2004
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Table of contents

- Editor's Notes
- Finding direction from the wind
- Content has been updated
- Sastrugi

Editor's Notes

Hello ,

I hope all is going well with you. Please, take a couple of minutes and read this issue of the Wilderness Survivor and learn more about how to - Finding direction from the wind

If you ever find yourself mapless and without a compass in the wilderness it's important you understand that nature provides you with a variety of ways to identify direction.

Enjoy your reading!

Have a safe and fun wilderness trip - Respect and protect the wilderness !

Finding direction from the wind

If the direction of the prevailing wind is known it can be used for maintaining direction - there are consistent patterns throughout the world that dominates at some seasons, and often at all seasons. Where a strong wind always comes from the same direction plants and trees may be bent in one direction, clear evidence of the wind's orientation. But plants are not the only indication of the prevailing wind direction: birds and insects will usually build their nests in the lee of any cover and spiders cannot spin their webs in the wind. Snow and sand dunes are also blown into distinctive patterns by a prevailing wind.

As a wilderness traveler you should know how to interpret those effects on the nature to help you find direction.

Content has been updated

New more good content have been added to the Wilderness Survival Skills website.

The "wind page" have been updated !
Check it out:

Hint !

If you plan a trip to the desert don't forget to read about how "the shape of sand dunes indicates the prevailing wind direction"


Have you heard the word sastrugi before ?

Well it's a russian word (zastrugi) and it stands for:

Sharp irregular ridges formed on a snow surface by wind erosion and deposition. The ridges are parallel to the direction of the prevailing wind.

See some great pictures of sastrugi ? Visit:

Sastrugi at South Pole Station, Antarctica

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Written by Erik C. Falk


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