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Old 03-28-2011, 10:50 PM   #11
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Never learned how. I'm very interested in doing so. I definitely see it as a valuable resource if lost in the woods.

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Actually, the purpose is to KEEP from getting lost in the woods!

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My phone has GPS. What is this map and compass you talk about?

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Actually, the purpose is to KEEP from getting lost in the woods!
Its pretty hard to get lost in the woods in the tri-state area. Keep walking in one direction for a day at most and you'll end up on a road/off road trail. 99% of the time, I bet I could tell you exactly which road I end up on.

Still, I would like to learn this skill. I guess I'd have to find a survival school or something?
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Its pretty hard to get lost in the woods in the tri-state area.
The state requires a hunter education course which has a survival segment to it. Of course, it's taught as if you are in the Rocky Mountains.

I leaned over to the guy next to me and said "Pay attention. The next time you wander out of the woods and don't recognize the 5 farm houses within a mile of you, this could just save your life."
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OMG I am lucky my wife does real good with a regular map and I am sure that she would do well with a topo map.

I had a squad leader in the Army that couldn't nav his way out of the shower. We went and did a night land nav course as a squad and he got his group so lost we had to go find him. He was off his point by 4 miles. This was on West Fort Hood.

If you look at a map of fort hood there are 2 roads around the impact area. East range Rd and West Range Rd. We had a dozer stationed on East Range Rd. While we are on call for range fires. He took one guy and a truck to pick it up one day. I get a call on the radio about 2 hours later. Hey can you tell young to come and get us we are lost. HE GOT LOST on FORT HOOD. I get to the truck and get out of my car. He jumps out of the truck and says look we are right here and the dozer should be here but I think some one stole it. REALLY who the hell steels a TAN D-7 dozer you stupid ass.

I look at the map and it hits me. YES he had the damn map UPSIDE DOWN. I turn the map right side up and say here you are here dozer is there. Can you make it to the other side of the the post? I know it is hard.

I won't even go into how bad he got lost every single day at Fort Irwin for NTC.

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The GPS in the phone is nice- but the batteries don't go dead in the map.

If you want to learn basic land nav, start by doing some reading. Get a decent compass (does not have to be a $400 surveyor's model, but more than a $1.98). You can get topo maps of the area where you live for US Geodetic survey, and learn about the map symbols (like contour lines, etc) Spend some time studying HOW to use a compass to set your route, and then go play.

Good exercise for legs and brain.

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The GPS in the phone is nice- but the batteries don't go dead in the map.

If you want to learn basic land nav, start by doing some reading. Get a decent compass (does not have to be a $400 surveyor's model, but more than a $1.98). You can get topo maps of the area where you live for US Geodetic survey, and learn about the map symbols (like contour lines, etc) Spend some time studying HOW to use a compass to set your route, and then go play.

Good exercise for legs and brain.
What he said. ^^^

Also, pay close attention and search out obvious or natural topographical landmarks, climb a tree or get to higher elevation if needed, to orientate your map and you, especially if you become lost.
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went backpacking with a group of guys down south we started in the parking lot and started walking through the woods. I was the only one sadly that actually know how to use a compass and map. Most of them didn't know how long one step was, it was fun but I was dissapointed.

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