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The Wilderness Survivor, Issue #005 - Keep track of where you are
September 01, 2004
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Table of contents

- Editor's Notes
- Keep track
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Editor's Notes

Hello ,

I hope all is going well with you. Please, take a couple of minutes out from your busy schedule and read this issue of the Wilderness Survivor and learn more about how to – keep track. Wilderness navigation is an important wilderness survival skill. Do you know your wristwatch can be to great help to keep you oriented….yes!.. read the article below.

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Keep track

For you as a wilderness traveler it’s extremely important you have a map. Even if you always stay on the trail and have no intention of leaving it. But bringing a map is of course not enough . You have to keep yourself oriented so that at any time you can point out your actual position on the map – keep track of where you are !

Navigate by using natural topographic features. Always keep an eye on the landscape and watch where you are going. Most wilderness navigation is done by simply looking at your surroundings and comparing them with the map.

Part of keeping track is having a sense of your speed. Will it take you 1 hour to travel 2 miles , or will it take 2 hours to travel 1 mile ? Do you know what distance you will cover in one hour ?

A typical speed , on a gentle trail, with a daypack is 2.5-3 miles per hour (4-5km). More load and tougher trails of course will slow you down. Everyone has a preferred pace, and to deviate from that pace is somewhat annoying, uncomfortable, and even injury producing. When first starting out, don't concentrate too much on your stride and pace, just do what comes naturally and comfortably. It's important that you hike at your own pace to maintain that comfort level. Don’t forget to rest occasionally. Whenever you or someone in your group gets weary, it's important to stop and rest.

Use your wristwatch to keep track of the time you have walked. With the time and your estimated travel speed , you can calculate the walking distance. Use the distance formula: distance [miles] = speed [miles per hour] x time [hour]. If you prefer the distance in kilometer (km) you use km per hour for speed. Keeping track of the speed and the covered distance is a good habit for all wilderness traveler. After enough trips into the wilds, you will be good at estimating travel speeds.

Knowing your starting point and the estimated distance you can easily find your position on the map. Make sure you know the scale of the map. For fine tuning compare the actual surroundings with the map.

Content has been updated

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The more you know about navigation the more unlikely it is you will be confronted with a wilderness survival situation.

Learn more about wilderness navigation !

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