Monday, September 14, 2009
Tips for Success wild Navigation
Tips for Success wild Navigation As fans will at some point take a decision to lea to sail in the hinterland. If you use a map, compass, GPS or three, there are several things you should know about successful navigation. Your safety and that of your companions depend. ? Wildeess activities such as hiking, orienteering, hunting, hiking, geocaching, fishing, four wheels and camping are all loads of fun - until you are lost. ? That? And why it is necessary to know how to navigate. But the navigation does not start when you are hopelessly lost. Before you start your adventure begins shipping, so you can t give place? Courses. I? A quick glance at the page of suggestions for the success of the navigation path. ? The first group focuses on practical advice for preparing to do: *? Prepare your body. I can not overstate the need for adequate preparation. If you are not in good physical condition when you start your adventure, you put in danger. Whatever your current physical condition is - better before you start. An exhausted body to deny any navigation skills acquired. *? Prepare your mind. When using tools, and you should be like a map, a compass or a GPS to make sure you know how to use. In order of priority? The cards are more important to understand and use, proper use of a magnetic compass needle is next, and a GPS device. Do not rely solely on your GPS. GPS? S and it works only when it is in motion and not work at all with dead batteries. Take a course on how to use your compass with a map. It is not only interesting, it is also mandatory life imprisonment for the outdoor enthusiast. *? Have a plan and tell someone about it. When you go in the vast hinterland, be sure to tell someone at home where you plan to go, how you plan to do and when? Ll be back. If a broken leg, would be helpful if you can find. ? Now you're ready browser, you are ready to go. Here are the latest recommendations: *? Trust your compass. Many people have lost their confidence? Instincts? instead of their compass. *? Always orient your map to the landscape. The best way is to direct the North on the map with the North on the compass. I am also facing north toward decisions out of a card. A miss-oriented map can be misleading. *? Make sure your declination. The difference between true north and magnetic north is called your declination. This is essential to use the compass. If you? T understand declination, t is emphasis on your map and compass class. If your card is fairly new, use the value of declination on the map and adjust your compass, as appropriate. If your card is older than 5 years? If you are not very well prepared. Most of the GPS unit to calculate the declination value for you. This value must match the value of the card. *? Always for you. You? 've prepared for the trip, you must use what you've leaed. Bearing (direction of travel) and distance (number of steps or at the end) are the two most important steps when traveling in the backcountry. Always measure yourself, not rely on someone else to do so. If your partner gives you something else, leave. If you are the same as your partner, then go forward with confidence. *? Do not travel at night. Even if the sky lit by a star that can provide accurate navigation data, traveling at night, is risky. Only expert travelers must travel after sunset. The main risk to travel at night is a real shame. It is difficult to judge? Step? distances and the terrain in the dark. *? Keep a logbook. If you travel from station to station (depending on the feature map for the map) to keep a record of decisions and the distance from you? 've Done. This helps you to recover the error and navigation to help you retu to a known position. *? If you think you're lost S.T.O.P. Often, it has lost the admission is the most difficult to do. It 'also the most important thing you can do. Once you've lost, Sit, Think, Observe and Plan. S.T.O.P. saves. ? Some thoughts: *? E? S OK to write on paper. *? You must know the number of steps to take to travel 100 meters. Write this number on the card and logbook. *? When a new feature of this land to you to compare your paper. *? Hold the compass suspended around the neck, and not in the bag. *? Never use your compass on the hood of your car or truck. Compass accuracy is made to wear metal objects. *? Always travel with extra batteries for your GPS. *? Pay attention to the characteristics of natural and artificial objects such as fences, power lines, railways, peaks, valleys and rivers. ? Backcountry fun activities? Until you lose. That? And why it is necessary to know how to navigate. Take a map reading class, reading a book and direction? practice. Like most of life skills, navigating in the backcountry is easy to lea. Get Outdoors! ? Chuck Fitzgerald is Owner and President of Phoenix, Arizona-based Wild Toys, an online store that specializes in providing back-to-train and educational information for outdoor enthusiasts. Visit to receive the free newsletter "Fresh? Or call (800) 316-9055. Chuck Fitzgerald? 2004 All rights reserved.