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Old 01-03-2008, 04:45 AM   #15
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"All a compass or these tricks do find north when all you really want to know is in which direction is camp. Now you can find a compass or a stick trick that will do that you've got something useful.That would be a GPS. Which could also tell you which way is North."

That would be a GPS.
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:32 PM   #16
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I remember reading about this same trick in Boy's Life (the Boy Scout's magazine). That would have been sometime before Neil Armstrong stepped out on the moon. Still comes in handy, though. I can't tell you how many times I've hopped out of the car, stuck a stick in the ground, waited fifteen minutes, and figured out which direction North is. What I'm still trying to figure out how to stuff a stick in the ground and figure out where I am.
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Old 01-03-2008, 01:21 PM   #17
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"All a compass or these tricks do find north when all you really want to know is in which direction is camp. Now you can find a compass or a stick trick that will do that you've got something useful.That would be a GPS. Which could also tell you which way is North."

That would be a GPS.

YUP!... I'm on about my 5th GPS dating back to 1998.

Typical trip with hand held GPS goes something like this.
Before leaving home put stuff in daypack, lunch, water, a warm jacket, camera, and bag of safety stuff. Oh ya, better put the GPS in there too.
At trail head, through the pack on and head up the trail. Interesting game trail heading up the side of the hill with fresh deer tracks. Up the game trail, then to the next one, etc. Oops, where's the car?

Remember that the GPS is located in the pack. Pull out the GPS and turn it on, wait for a good lock. Now I know exactly where I am. Check to see if I set a waypoint for the trail head. As I scan the list of way points there's a half dozen goecaches listed that are a couple hundred miles away. There's my house, it's only 125 miles away. Dang, no waypoint set for the trail head or anything close to here. It's a long walk back to my house but what else am I to do?
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:35 PM   #18
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Byron,
That's what the string tied on your finger is for - to set the waypoint before you go off.

It's all so simple.
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:42 PM   #19
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I have no fear in the bush and have never been lost. I have however - in typical native fashion - been confused for serveral days at times and have occasionally lost my camp for a few nights
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Old 01-03-2008, 04:02 PM   #20
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That's what the string tied on your finger is for - to set the waypoint before you go off.

It's all so simple.
Do you think that would help?

True story -- I think maybe there's been 2 or 3 times I've remember to set the waypoint for where I was parked. One time out that I was really glad I had. Gray day, gray sagebrush, gray juniper trees, low rolling mounds. Walked about 1/2 mile, then wandered around within 50 yards of a geocache. Found it then started back to the car. There were 3 of us, we started to head in different directions. I consulted the GPS and discovered to our horror, we were all wrong.

Now about that string, I've never found a string on my finger to do anything but cut off circulation in part of the finger.
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Old 01-03-2008, 04:39 PM   #21
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Hey good people, get with the times! All that you have to do nowadays is to check which direction the satelite dishes are facing. Des
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Hey good people, get with the times! All that you have to do nowadays is to check which direction the satelite dishes are facing. Des
What's a satellite dish? Is it something you carry in your pocket?
Something you serve satellites on?

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Remember that the GPS is located in the pack. Pull out the GPS and turn it on, wait for a good lock.
... find out the battery is dead. Toss GPS into bushes as excess weight. Find stick, push into ground oriented to sun... wait a time with patience for the stick to cast a shadow...

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... find out the battery is dead. Toss GPS into bushes as excess weight. Find stick, push into ground oriented to sun... wait a time with patience for the stick to cast a shadow...

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February hike in Oregon, push stick into ground and wait until July 5th for the sun to show up.
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February hike in Oregon, push stick into ground and wait until July 5th for the sun to show up.

Right now, I understand that in Oregon, the stick would probably be buried in snow!

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You know what that mirror on the back of a compass is for, right?

It's so you can tell who is lost.
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No compas and no GPS? No problem if you wear a watch With hour and minute hands. Place small twig vertically on center of watch so shadow falls on the hour hand. Half way between the hour hand and the sun position is south. Finding north is now very simple. Turn around.
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No compas and no GPS? No problem if you wear a watch With hour and minute hands. Place small twig vertically on center of watch so shadow falls on the hour hand. Half way between the hour hand and the sun position is south. Finding north is now very simple. Turn around.
Great, now the only problem is finding the sun and a shadow.
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