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What are you capable of with a simple compass and map? Even if you are someone who is not often in the wilderness it’s important to ask yourself how you will find your way without a phone.
We have become so dependent on maps that are generated by satellites that might one day be out of commission. We do not know what the future holds. This information is great for someone who is in the woods often and those who are not.
You will find that there are a few ways that you can get your bearings in the wild. However, to begin building a real base of knowledge on orienteering you need to do it a lot!
So let’s talk about finding yourself and finding your way in the wild.
Traveling in the Woods
Its cliche but you need to stay very calm if you get turned around. Only when you are hurt or lost for days does it really become an issue. You see, people are pretty capable of backtracking if they are paying attention.
Remember to stay calm and stop moving the moment you are lost.
We have fallen so far from using direction in our daily lives. Imagine a time when everything was built on the direction. Before streets and roads, before GPS. Your ancestors traveled the high seas using starts and directions!
You can use the path of the sun to find your direction. This is a big deal and by monitoring the path of the sun with a stick in the mud and some stones, you can find your general direction.
So, what do you do with all that knowledge, when you find your direction. If you are lost you hopefully have a map. If you dont have a map hopefully you know which direction you were traveling, roughly, before you were lost.
Get into the woods with a map and start looking around!