Land navigation tips

land navigation
Your topographic map is your most important land navigation tool. If you ever find yourself without a map in the unknown wilderness, one of your first priorities is simple to make your own map.

Homemade map

Find the best vantage point and look out over the terrain. Climbing a tree may give a better view. Note the direction of the ridges, count how many you can see. Make a general map with blank patches and then fill them in as you gain more information from other vantage points and from your explorations on the ground.

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The right direction 
Use your survival gear enough to trust it with your life before you have to. Survival situations can be stressful and stress affects your thinking. …

When is the Sun due East or West, at what angle does it rise and set? 
Al-Biruni,(973-1048) a polymath who lived in Afghanistan, came up with these simple methods of determining direction by the sun: The Amplitude, or …

Wilderness navigation skills 
When moving cross country on foot stop every few minutes and take a long look at your back trail. Try to memorize the terrain. Wild country always looks …

Navigate by the night sky 
By the meridian, I mean the North-South line of the observer. Take a length of cord (even if you have to make it, or a straight stick) in your fingers, …

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