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Staying Found

Learn how to keep from getting lost by staying found. Read about techniques to teach kids how to not get lost in the woods.

A GPS makes a nice addition, but NEVER take a GPS and depend on it for navigation without a map and compass.

Stay found: Orient your map before heading out into the backcountry

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The best way to keep from getting lost in the wilderness, is to always know where you are. This starts with orienting your map before going anywhere. Here is how to do it.

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Learn this tip to stay found in the wilderness

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A baseball field backstop keeps the ball from going to far. Here is how to create a “backstop” in the wilderness to keep you from going in the wrong direction.

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Moraine Lake in Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness

Leave a note and save your life!

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If nobody knows where to look, you could wait a long time to be rescued! An detailed note about your outing can solve that problem.

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Topographical maps show the terrain features of an area.

Four more maps for emergency evacuation survival

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A recent post “Survive this: Six maps you should have for urban disaster evacuations” was very popular. Here’s four more maps.

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Survive this: Six maps you should have for urban disaster evacuations

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What kind of maps do you need to function in urban and/or wilderness situations? What happens during a disaster where you are forced to evacuate and need to travel by road, then go off road and finally cross country?

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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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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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Peter Kummerfeldt video: Using a map, compass and GPS to stay found

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Frequently, a survival situation starts out when someone gets lost. Here are some simple tips from survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt about using a map, compass and GPS to stay found.

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S. T. O. P. You’re Lost!

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Here’s the scenario: You walked further down that interesting-looking trail than originally planned and the sun is starting to set behind the mountains. An unsettled feeling in your stomach starts to get worse, and becomes a knot. The knot twists tighter as you realize you don’t have a clue where you are.  The thought sets it: I may be lost……

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