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Don’t make these deadly wilderness mistakes

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Every year, people get lost in the wilderness areas and are rescued. But some vanish and are never found. The statistics are frightening. Don’t become one. Learn from these common mistakes to keep from dying in the backcountry.

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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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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.

Don’t get lost – carry updated topo maps

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How accurate are your topo maps?

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

Review: Take a look at the latest SPOT Gen3 wilderness personal locator beacon

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Can any electronic device guarantee your safety in the wilderness? Absolutely not!!! But this SPOT Gen3 might be a big help. And it could be a lifesaver!

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Land navigation: How to keep from getting lost when you can’t see terrain features

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A process called Dead Reckoning (DR) can be used to navigate and partially compensate for the loss of terrain features and important visual cues. DR is a method to determine one’s estimated present and future position.

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Check out these free mapware programs

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There are several map software programs on the market and several that are free. Check these out.

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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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