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Find your direction with a stick and the sun

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by ATCclears, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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  2. huthuthike

    huthuthike Hillsboro OR Active Member

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    I'm not an expert and I'm not sure where I got the idea but...

    Can't you look from the stick to the end of the shadow as a south to north line? This would be reversed in the southern hemisphere but how lost do people usually get?

    Again, I'm not an expert and the linked method is also correct. If I'm wrong correct me and possibly save my life!
     
  3. JRuby

    JRuby St. Helens Oregon Well-Known Member

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    If I can see the sun I dont have a problem navigating - the problem I have is when the skys are overcast or the foliage is too thick to see the sun. There is nothing like a good compass.
     
  4. huthuthike

    huthuthike Hillsboro OR Active Member

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    I realized that my method only works at noon. If the sun is low in the sky at dawn or dusk the shadow will point mostly west or east. The 15 minute track provides a way to get that east to west line.
     
  5. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six North Greenlake, Seattle New Member

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    Another good strategy is to stick to terrain you know. You won't need a map or a compass then.

    That all said, I'd trust a broken compass before I'd trust a work-around. A broken compass can be coerced into pointing to magnetic north.