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Staying Found: Making sense of the topo map declination diagram

500 375 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Topographic map users are familiar with the small declination diagram at the bottom of the map. Here is how to use it.

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compass and GPS, stay found, maintain compass, back country navigation

Dead Reckoning: An important navigation technique that can save your life

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Dead Reckoning is a method used to determine one’s estimated present and future position. Dead Reckoning can be done during periods of darkness, bad weather, in featureless terrain (e.g., the desert, whiteout conditions) or equipment failure (e.g., dead GPS batteries.)

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