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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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Topographical maps show the terrain features of an area.

Four more maps for emergency evacuation survival

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A recent post “Survive this: Six maps you should have for urban disaster evacuations” was very popular. Here’s four more maps.

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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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GPS Setup: Using the right coordinates for safe backcountry travel

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Datum? Coordinate systems?

To most beginner GPS users, these terms may be confusing, and subsequently ignored or not understood. But before you can effectively – and safely – you must be able to set your GPS with the information on your maps.

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Learn this wilderness navigation tip to keep from getting lost in the backcountry

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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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Peter Kummerfeldt: Getting Rescued – To Be Seen or Not

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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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Peter Kummerfeldt: What is Survival?

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SURVIVAL – The ability and the desire to stay alive, all alone, under adverse conditions, until rescued.

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