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Peter Kummerfeldt: Preparing to Survive in the Wilderness

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In a survival situation, be it urban or wilderness, your gear alone will not save you. YOU must save yourself.

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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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GPS Setup: Map Datum and How to Use It

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If two GPS users are set up for different datums, they won’t be able to accurately exchange waypoints, settings or locations. Here’s some advice from land navigation expert Blake Miller on how to get everyone on the same page.

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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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