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Survival Tips

Looking Skyward: Forecasting Weather using Nature

Looking Skyward: Forecasting Weather using Nature

As the weather turns hotter, water vapor condenses from nearby water sources and around mountain tops, forming into dark clouds. These clouds have the potential to culminate to intense electrical storms. Clearly, it is unwise to continue ascending a summit as the sky is pulsating […]

First Aid Kits for Backpacking – 10 Essentials

First Aid Kits for Backpacking – 10 Essentials

What items should you carry in a first aid kit, as a solo backpacker? If you hike with a dog, what extra items do you need for your furry companion? Medical survival kits are often a boring subject and many hikers don’t give it much attention. […]

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 […]

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 […]