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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I recently asked this forum for advice on obtaining local maps. I have always felt lacking in my preps in this category because I've only had state-wide maps and some very meh local maps in my inventory. After ordering pretty much everything that folks recommended, I wound up making my own...
  2. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I want to make some local maps for both bug in and bug out scenarios. Does anyone have some guidelines around how much detail my maps should have and how much area they should cover? Specifically: - How much of a radius around my home do I need for a street map to cover? Does it need to show...
  3. Book Reviews
    This rather small book (slightly over 100 pp) is intended as an introduction to overland navigation. Although it has some useful tips such as how to find South using an analog watch and how to determine the hours of daylight left using your hands, most of the material is just too basic for most...
  4. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Video I put together for AllOutdoor talking about keeping your bearings / not getting lost in the woods. Dogs were having a great time making this video. Be sure to subscribe to the AllOutdoor YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/AllOutdoorcom Full article -...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Does using a GPS incur ongoing cost?
  6. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    While scrolling through Ebay I found a 50 cent compass and decided to give it a try.
  7. Site Information & Suggestion Box
    Nothing appears when I click on "Links" in the navigation bar on the main home page. Do I have access to this resource as a new member?
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I'm using navigation all the time when I'm traveling, which happens often. I knew that the whole GPS service could be shut off if there's a war, but I'm learning it can also be fooled. It happened in Moscow...
  9. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    i saw a recent article about the navy going back to star navigation as a backup when/if GPS goes down. i was wondering if there are any navigation methods one could implement if GPS wasn't available and you were lost in the woods. I live in western washington state, I know I need to walk west...
  10. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    I am currently holding onto a silva guide model 426. If you are not familiar with it weighs less than an ounce, can float, has a rotating bezel, is a mirror and baseplate compass. I have been using this for about 2 months now and i would like to put this in my kayak. but I would like some...
  11. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hello All, Many survival Gurus recommend the Silva Ranger compass, which is not even made by Silva of SE anymore, and is made in the near east. Others say that the Brunton 15TDCL is the same as the old Ranger and is made by Silva of SE, which is no longer true, they are made in China! So...
  12. 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...
  13. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    I am debating on a constant no matter what happens nav system. I am looking into world compass styles or star navigation. Can anyone recommend an awesome star navigation book or a compass that will work during most SHTF possibilities? For instance is their a compass that will always work...
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I am looking for a series of maps that focus on back roads and geographical locations. Preferably California and Washington. Any help
  17. Reviews & Questions For Vendors
    Buying a junk compass can cause problems. This is the compass I use.
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
  20. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    GPS units are great. I own one, I use it, BUT I do not rely upon it solely for my navigation aid. Having said this, with the advent of dirt cheap GPS units available and who knows how many armchair Rambo types armed with their shiny new GPS gadgets from the holiday season, is it any wonder we...
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