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I'm just some dude that spent much of my life in the mountains. I enjoy hiking cross-country and backpacking. Every year, I read about people that have gotten lost and disappear forever - just look at the recent news below. I believe nearly all of those could be prevented with a little knowledge and skill practice with compass and map - plus a bit of uncommon sense.I'm also one of a group of Outdoors Dudes that are working on putting together a bunch of outdoors skills sites to hopefully help spread good information. We figure that will help all of us enjoy the great outdoors more and be safe doing it.
I hope you find time to explore my pages and then go explore the real world out there.
All who wander are not lost!
(think about it)
Seems like everyone has a cellphone, but no one has a map and compass - or knows how to use them.
Search Google News for more 'Lost Hiker' news items.
Pagosa Springs, CO Aug. 21, 2020 - Man rescued after getting lost and being dehydrated. Called on cellphone, but also had map.
Middletown, CT Aug. 6, 2020 - A 65-yr-old man was rescued after he got lost looking for his lost cellphone.
Walhalla, SC Aug. 6, 2020 - 27-yr-old inexperienced hiker got separate from group on 70-mile trip and had no map.
Hamden, CT July 29, 2020 - Family of four lost on Sleeping Giant and found same night after being contacted on cellphone.
Keremeos, BC Aug. 1, 2020 - A hiker got lost on a hillside above a subdivision and got stung by some insect, so he called for help on cellphone at 5:30pm. Helicoptor rescued him.
Maui, HI July 2, 2020 - an uninjured 47-year-old Kona woman got lost after hiking 2.5 hours. Called for rescue on cellphone at 11:25am.
Mar 15, 2016 - Karen
I have a compass with adjustable declination. I looked up my location and I believe Raymond, WA. was 15 deg. Positive
Looking at my compass, I have no idea if I turn the bezel/adjustment Left or Right to get the 15 deg. adjustment. can you give me a step by step to set my compass so it is adjusted for declination. Also, do you have a favorite compass for field use?
The best I can do to explain declination and how to adjust your compass is on this page.
You'd twist your declination adjustment clockwise so the "orienting arrow" is 16 degrees clockwise (or to the right) from the North mark on the dial.
Now, when the north end of the compass needle is aligned with the orienting arrow, and the North mark on the dial is aligned with the direction-of-travel arrow, you will be facing north.
The parts of the compass are described on this page.
I've been trying to locate an orienteering class near our cabin in the Sierra. Closest one is a couple of hours away so I bought a couple of books and have been studying.
You've made your info very easy to understand.
Trying to learn UTM also, Harrison maps are 1:63,360 scale. Why is there no tool for this scale map? I see 1:50,000 1:24000 etc but no 1:63,360.
Thanks, and keep up the good work with the site.
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