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How To Make A Compass In The Woods

No one thinks that a simple hike will end up in a survival situation. When reading news accounts of people who have become separated from a group, or who disappeared during a hike, you often hear friends and family talking about what an experienced outdoors person they were. The truth is, nature doesn’t care.  An …

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In a survival situation, it is important to be able to determine not only your location, but also the most logical route to help and civilization. If you have even a general idea of where your are, you can increase your chances of surviving your situation. Finding your Bearings Books Night Navigation Map Reading Using …

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How a Compass Works

No matter where you stand on Earth, you can hold a compass in your hand and it will point toward the North Pole. A compass is an extremely simple device. A magnetic compass consists of a small, lightweight magnet balanced on a nearly frictionless pivot point. the magnet is generally called a needle. One end …

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A compass is a magnetized needle that, when allowed to move freely, points in one direction, and that is Magnetic North. This needle gives you a reference point for measuring all other directions. All compasses do essentially the same thing, but more expensive models offer more features that make them easier to use. One convenient feature …

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On a sunny day, you can use a non-digital watch as a compass. Hold your watch with the flat bottom parallel to the ground. Turn it, while keeping it parallel, until the hour hand is pointing in the direction of the sun. If it’s morning, you’ll find south about halfway between the hour hand and …

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