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Navigation Expert Blake Miller

Blake Miller is a veteran Navy officer and founder of Outdoor Quest, a business dedicated to backcountry navigation and wilderness survival.

How to: Set a bearing with a magnetic compass

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A bearing, or sighting, on a compass determines the direction to an object, and/or helps a hiker identify his position in the backcountry. Here’s how to set one.

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Get rescued quickly: Timing is everything

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As soon as you think you may be lost, call Search and Rescue immediately.

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Survival gear: Three more tips to get your GPS ready to navigate.

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you can’t guarantee a GPS won’t go weird on you sometimes, for no apparent reason. Here are some tips from survival instructor and GPS expert Blake Miller for getting that transmitter squared away for you take off from the trailhead.

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Five steps to assure GPS accuracy in the field

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Ever have one of those “GPS days” when the darn thing is providing a bearing that looks way off the mark….”that can’t be right?”

Our GPS receivers are very accurate. What should the hiker do when the information displayed just doesn’t look right?

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Stay found: What are the best five back-up magnetic compasses?

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Do you carry a back-up compass when you leave the trail head? How accurate is it? Here are some of your options.

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Is your GPS receiver running with the latest software update?

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Navigation expert Blake Miller explains how to make sure your GPS is working with the newest software.

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How do you convert coordinates from UTM to Latitude and Longitude?

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GPS settings vary, and if you’re with a group heading out on a hike or hunt, the first thing to do is get on the same page

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Check out these free mapware programs

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There are several map software programs on the market and several that are free. Check these out.

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Stay Found: Review these GPS tips before striking out in the backcountry

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Navigation is not hard but it takes practice and repetition. This post covers several GPS considerations before striking out for a destination.

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How to fix it: When your GPS compass reading doesn’t agree with your magnetic compass

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Ever have a situation where the reading from your GPS compass doesn’t agree with your magnetic compass? Here is what you can do to keep that from happening.

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