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Moraine Lake in Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness

Leave a note and save your life!

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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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Don’t panic | Simple survival tips for using a map and compass

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

It’s really hard to think when there’s this awful, nauseating realization that you may be lost. Suppose you have a map and compass along, and a basic idea of how to use them. But maybe you didn’t think about using the navigation tools until it was too late…

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Reliable Power For Your GPS: What are the best batteries?

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Your GPS is as reliable as the batteries in it! Make the best choices for consistent power!

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Learn this tip to stay found in the wilderness

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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

Don’t get lost: Tune up your compass

348 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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

600 384 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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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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

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Getting Rescued – To Be Seen or Not

150 150 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Say you’re lost in a wilderness area. Survivors had to decide if it’s in their best interest to remain where they were or to attempt to make their own way back.

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Blake Miller: Getting Your GPS Ready for The Fall Hunt

150 150 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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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