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Basic survival skills are essential for anyone living off the grid, whether it’s by choice or in a SHTF situation. In the event that you have to navigate without landmarks, technology, or even a compass, you need to know how to find true north. In fact, there are a number of different and clever ways to find true north without a compass.
Navigation is one of the two world skills. The phrase “two world” is a skill that translates both to current times and will be helpful when the SHTF. Many people think that, even in a collapse, they will wake up and the same buildings will be standing or the same roads will be operating.
Disasters and the Need for Navigation
Depending on the disaster, roads and buildings might be all gone and finding your way will be left up to your navigation skills. If you find yourself in this situation, knowing true north and having a map can make all the difference.
If that disaster is so bad, you might find yourself bugging out. There is no better time to understand navigation and finding true north than the bug out. It will test all your skills to the maximum. It could be your only way to safety!
There are a couple of easy ways to track the sun and a quick way using a watch. You don’t necessarily need the sun to determine directionality, there are ways to read the constellation at night as well.
Be sure to know which constellations are visible from your location, and practice locating them so you’re ready when SHTF!
There are many good guides and tutorials out there that are comprehensive useful, get to know them. They give different variations of methods according to your location. This is important because the same methods don’t work the same way in the northern and southern hemispheres.