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Tag: Lost

Moon Navigation

Moon Navigation

Remember this helpful tip if you are ever lost during the dark when the moon is visible in the sky: mentally draw a line that connects the endpoints of the crescent moon and then extend this line to the horizon. This point where it touches the horizon indicates South.

Estimating Distance with your Thumb

Estimating Distance with your Thumb

Estimating distance is important in daily life, hiking, and survival situations. It helps you to maintain your sense of direction, calculate distance and height, and estimate travel time while hiking relative to your pace. Estimating distance by using only your finger is based on this […]

Map Skills Primer

Map Skills Primer

Knowing how to read a topographic map is an essential skill for navigating the backcountry. Make sure you understand how to follow a topographic map before your hike — especially if you plan to be in a remote area. Here we’ll cover the basics and provide some online sources for […]

Walking in Circles

Walking in Circles

“The belief that people walk in circles when lost is mainly based on anecdotal evidence and has never been studied systematically in a real desert or forest.” (Current Biology, August 20th 2009) It is a common scenario: when we get lost in the wilderness, we […]

Will This Map Get Me Lost?

Will This Map Get Me Lost?

You should always carry a foldable paper map when you hike in the remote wilderness. Even if you use a GPS device, it is still a good idea to have a paper map as a reliable backup. Personally, we prefer to rely only on paper maps when backpacking because electronic devices don’t […]

Directional Navigation Using the Moon

Directional Navigation Using the Moon

The moon has no light of its own. The light seen from the moon is a reflection of the sun.  The shape of the reflected light varies as the Earth orbits around the sun. This can be useful for finding direction at night once you […]