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There are a lot of things we get wrong in the survival and prepping world. We spend our time on lots of things that don’t matter, for instance.
Why spend all of your time on bow drill fires and rock knives when we have infinite access to metal in this nation. We can buy lighters for a few dollars a pack and a good thick ferro rod can be had for $15 bucks.
Knowing what to spend your time on is often a challenge and there are all sorts of options out there. Lets talk about the thing that most people spend the least amount of time on. Its land navigation. I am talking about getting out a map and a good compass for navigation.
Its rare that most Americans even find themselves in a situation that would warrant such training. However, when you are on the side of a mountain and you get turned around, these skills can make all the difference.
Whether we are talking about navigating using the stars or just using a map to find your location on a map, its all great and it all takes practice. Having the right tools makes a difference but knowing your basics does, too. Don’t be fooled, land navigation is not an overnight skill.
There are people who have been hiking in the woods their whole lives who get lost for a moment. Just think about what that means for you. All the bushcraft skills in the world wont mean jack if you cannot get back on the path towards home. Even if you live off the land for a month, winter will be coming and you don’t wanna live off the land in that.
Now is the time to start using a compass and learning how to navigate. Take some hikes and follow your route on a map. It will make all the difference in the long run.