Chris on August 26th, 2009

This week, I’ll finish talking about the important navigational items that I started discussing last week. 6. GPS Global positioning systems have become incredibly popular in recent years.  They are so popular that I have actually met people that do not carry a compass in the backcountry.  I consider this practice dangerous.  Just like a […]

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Chris on August 20th, 2009

1. Compass When selecting a compass for navigating in the backcountry, there are a number of features that are necessary. Primarily, you absolutely must be able to accurately shoot an azimuth.  I prefer mirror compasses for this purpose.  If you look at the geologist’s transit, it has a mirror sighting mechanism.  I’ve found that I […]

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Chris on July 29th, 2009

Why and how When navigating in difficult areas, particularly “cross-country” or “off-trail” you must be absolutely certain of your location.  GPS has made this easy, but if your GPS unit fails, you should have the skills to navigate using your map and compass. To start, you will be using “vectors”.  A vector is a mathematical […]

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Chris on July 29th, 2009

Topographic maps are the first thing you should buy when preparing for a trip into the field. Buy these maps well in advance of a trip so that you have time to do two things; study the area you plan to explore, and prepare the map for rough environments.

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