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I always carry a pencil and notebook in my compass setup. (Pantenburg photos)

Don’t get lost: Tune up your compass

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There is no substitute for a good compass, and the ability to use it. Stay found to stay out of trouble!

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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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The SPOT Gen3 locater beacon should be accompanied by navigation gear.

Start with these basics for your wilderness survival gear

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Let this be your mantra: “I will save me. My survival kit won’t save me. My equipment or gear can’t save me.”

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moss myth busted, find directions from moss

Survival Myth Busted: Finding directions by tree moss

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Moss grows everywhere. The “survival tip” of using it to find directions is a myth.

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

How to choose your first GPS

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Every GPS has basic features. All the rest are bells and whistles. You will have to decide which ones are important, and which are really needed.

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

Improve your GPS and land navigation skills now

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Spring is the perfect time to practice and improve your Global Positioning System skills!

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Recycle your survival gear | Make a sit pad out of your old Ensulite sleeping pad

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For most hikers, the Ensulite (closed cell foam) pad’s days are numbered. Here is another use for that old pad in your closet.

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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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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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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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