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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I made this video this afternoon. Now before I get a crapload of OPSEC comments, it isn't filmed at my home. Anyway, a lot of people really don't know how to use a GPS with a map so, I put this together for you guys! Oh yeah, if I say the word "Datum" and you don't know what that means...
  2. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Hi All, Going to be starting some decent backpacking trips in the spring and am wanting to learn navigation (among many other skills). Could anyone suggest a good place to start like a book possibly a thread here? Many Thanks!
  3. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Im trying to figure out how to accurately estimate range with the use of a marching compass. Cant remember the exact formula, any illustrations explaining how this is done will be appreciated
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I know many people love their GPS systems but I want to know what most of you like. Last fall I used one and I wasn't totally sold. The thing kept loosing signal when we where in thick cedar swamps and other off trail places, maybe operator error but I don't know.
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Navigation is always neglected and I'm hoping the newbies to our world can pick up on some tips from the veterans of survival. Grids, reading compasses, shooting an azimuth, maps, topology, magnetic north, etc, etc. I tried this in another (unmentionable) forum and it was monopolized by a...
  6. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    I wanted to put a orienteering compass on the Christmas list. I would like some thing liquid filled .Don't know about the mirror if that is a good or bad Idea?? Just wanted to sea what folks are using out there the Silva's looked good. BTW If your compass has any special feature or function be...
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    This is a simple article about land navigation with a compass. My son, Korey who at the time we took these pictures was 12 years old, helped with the making of this article. While out on the deer lease, Korey and I decided to hike from one deer feeder & stand on one hill top, to another deer...
  8. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    When figuring how far off target you will be if your compass or GPS is off just one or two degrees at three or four miles. 1 mile = 5,280 feet. Our trip was about a 1/4 - 1/2 mile, lets say a half mile to make the math easy. So 1/2 mile = 2640 feet. Lets say you are on a hiking trip and are 5...
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