Map & Compass is a skill that needs practice to maintain our proficiency. The main reason for this is simple; GPS devices will fail us at some point. You might run out of power, lose it or break it. When this happens, we want to have a backup to continue to navigate out of the wilderness […]
I mentioned in a previous video to include flagging tape or trail tape to your pack. The reason is to be use as a navigation tool to help you stay on course. I had previously shown you how two people could navigate using the leap frog technique to stay on course, but if you are […]
We will take a quick look at how we can take coordinates from our current location or saved waypoints on our Delorme inReach SE or Explorer.
Whether you are using Google Maps, GSAK or geocaching.com, sometimes you need to convert a set of coordinates from the latitude / longitude format to the decimal format.
In this video, I’ll quickly show you how to determine the bearing (direction of travel) from 2 points using paper & pen. At the end, I’ll show you how to get the same as answer on your GPS. This is part 2 of my previous video on using UTM to measure the distance between 2 […]
In this video, I’ll show you how to estimate distance without a GPS when using map & compass while hiking. This was something I learned when volunteering at the halifax search & rescue as part of the woodslore training that volunteers had to do.
In this video, we’ll look at the leapfrog technique for map & compass navigation/ This is used when you have a partner navigating in a wooded area where it can be easy to get off course as you go around tress or other obstacles.
Quick video to demonstrate what a safety bearing is. A safety bearing is a direction of travel that will lead you to a road, railway which can lead you to safety when lost in the woods or when your GPS fails.
This quick video shows you how you can use your GPS to find your position on a Topo map using the UTM / NAD 83 format & datum. There is a LOT to learn about map reading which is useful when your GPS fails.