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How to: Set a bearing with a magnetic compass

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A bearing, or sighting, on a compass determines the direction to an object, and/or helps a hiker identify his position in the backcountry. Here’s how to set one.

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Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

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How valuable are the wilderness survival skills in an urban disaster environment? Very. Here are five basic skills you need to know.

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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.

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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Compass skills: How to work with degrees true

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Sometimes a task or survival skill, when viewed in its entirety, seems to be overwhelming (Such as where do you start to learn land navigation?) The best way tackle learning such a skill is to break things down into smaller “baby steps.” This week, land navigation expert Blake Miller explains how to make sense out of true north on your topographical map.

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Video: Learn to tell when the sun will set

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The sun sinks low on the horizon. How much time do you have before is sets and you’re in darkness?

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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: 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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Is your GPS receiver running with the latest software update?

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Navigation expert Blake Miller explains how to make sure your GPS is working with the newest software.

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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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