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#2956692 - 09/25/12 10:33 AM Re: Proper Navigation Tips: How to not get lost! [Re: J.Maples]
TNDeerGuy
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If you forget your compass, or it breaks, you can also use this method. If you have an analog wrist watch, you can use the time to find north. Hold your watch up in front of you, and let the short hand that indicates hours point at the sun. While holding it like this, cut the angle between the short hand and 12 o'clock in two, noonwards if the time is before 6am or after 6pm, that way is south. The reason you need to cut it in two, is because the clock takes two rotations while the Earth does one rotation.
Many people wear digital watches these days, or use cell phones. If that is the case, draw an analog watch face on a piece of paper, and then mark the hour hand on using the digital watch. The rest of the method is identical.
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#2959339 - 09/27/12 09:34 AM Re: Proper Navigation Tips: How to not get lost! [Re: TNDeerGuy]
BirdDog123
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Wow good tip! so if it is before 6am it is north and after 6 is south?
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#2961280 - 09/28/12 10:26 PM Re: Proper Navigation Tips: How to not get lost! [Re: BirdDog123]
TNDeerGuy
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 Originally Posted By: BirdDog123
Wow good tip! so if it is before 6am it is north and after 6 is south?


yes
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#2971208 - 10/06/12 06:17 PM Re: Proper Navigation Tips: How to not get lost! [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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Ive found that 2 small compasses never let me down. The best thing that i have working for me is that when i get 'turned around' (lost), i spend some time enjoying the feeling. Once you get used to being lost every so often you wont panic when it happens.
Knowing you can live off the land for a couple of days REALLY goes a long way towards giving you confidence.
One good thing about most of TN is that except for a few places if you maintain a solid bearing (straight line) you usually will eventually run into something like a road or path or a Burger King.

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#3076900 - 12/13/12 04:44 AM Re: Proper Navigation Tips: How to not get lost! [Re: J.Maples]
Great White Stalker
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What fairchaser said. Hey do you know how to tell when you are lost? I do. When you break down and start yelling for help, you are lost. LOL. It's funny now. It wasn't when I was 12.
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#3081065 - 12/15/12 07:23 PM Re: Proper Navigation Tips: How to not get lost! [Re: Great White Stalker]
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How to propperly use a compass is something I've always wanted to learn, should be basic training for any person who spends time outdoors.
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#3175764 - 02/25/13 02:41 PM Re: Proper Navigation Tips: How to not get lost! [Re: FOX FIRE]
Mike Belt
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...and then believe your compass. They don't lie.
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#3175937 - 02/25/13 04:42 PM Re: Proper Navigation Tips: How to not get lost! [Re: Mike Belt]
BirdDog123
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unless your in Bermuda \:D
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#3177487 - 02/26/13 09:31 PM Re: Proper Navigation Tips: How to not get lost! [Re: BirdDog123]
TNDeerGuy
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 Originally Posted By: BirdDog123
unless your in Bermuda \:D


Is there something wrong with going around in circles until little green men show up? Geez....where is ya'lls sense of adventure? \:D
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