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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.

Blake Miller: Getting Your GPS Ready for The Fall Hunt

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It’s easy to get excited about one aspect of a wilderness excursion, and neglect some of the others. But this can be dangerous, especially when you head out on that big game hunt. Here’s some sound advice from navigation and GPS expert Blake Miller on preparing your “Staying Found” tools.

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Learn how an outdoorman’s wilderness survival trip plan can save your life

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When you need emergency help in the backcountry, you need it fast. But all too often, Search And Rescue teams end up wasting critical response time because they must begin a search with scarce or inadequate information. A outdoorman’s wilderness survival trip plan can save a life.

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Blake Miller: When the compass or GPS breaks, how to find directions in the wilderness

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Preparation and carrying the ten essentials are vital to any outdoor trip. Map, compass and GPS make up my navigation kit. Still, the unplanned happens and the magnetic compass may be broken or left at home. Knowing a few common practices can make a difference.

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Trip Planning: Prepare For the Worst

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The unexpected happens even for the best prepared. Accidents just happen.

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Blake Miller: How To Figure Out Topo Map Scales

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Topographical maps have many parts, and if you’re going to use one effectively, understanding how the pieces fit together is really important. In this article, navigation expert and teacher Blake Miller discusses the map scale information, and makes some suggestions about what scale is best for your needs. By Blake Miller Dictionary.com defines map scale as: “A ratio which compares…

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Marking a GPS Waypoint

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Use your GPS waypoints correctly to stay found in the wilderness. The people in my hunting group always use “AAA” as the universal waypoint designation of where the vehicle is parked. “Camp” is always where we are camping. A few correctly labeled and used waypoints goes a long way toward keeping everyone safe! – Leon By Blake Miller The solo…

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Blake Miller: Moving Through the Backcountry (Topic Two)

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  Before heading out on  a backcountry trip, there are three important steps to accomplish before leaving home. by Blake Miller First, tell someone where you are going and when to expect your return. Second, leave a map of your planned route with that responsible person and in your vehicle. Third, fill out the trip plan I have posted on…

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GPS Setup: Calibrating the Electronic Compass

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When I explained that the electronic compass should be calibrated after EVERY battery change, the group’s response was one of surprise.

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GPS Setup: North or Magnetic North?

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GPS receivers provide an amazing amount of information. They come loaded with many navigation features, maps, tide data and much more, but nothing is more important than position data and the direction to a waypoint.

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Blake Miller: Understanding GPS Accuracy

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When you hear or read that your GPS is accurate to 15 meters, just what does that mean to you in the backcountry? Land navigation expert Blake Miller explains.

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