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Backpacker Magazine – May 2010

Navigation: Lakes and Oceans

Triangulate, forge through wind, and learn the tides with these water-bound navigation tips.

by: Kristin Bjornsen and Dougald Macdonald


Key Gear
1. Get the latest tide charts at tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov. To print them, use weatherproof paper from waterproof-paper.com/weatherproof-paper.html (also good for printing maps). $26 for 50 8 1/2 x 11 sheets
 
2. Osprey’s Map Wrap is a waterproof, trifold case that attaches to your pack’s shoulder strap, giving you quick-draw access without the worry of water damage; it tucks out of the way when you’re on the move. $15; 3 oz.; ospreypacks.com
 
3. The waterproof and durable Brunton 58 Kayak Compass straps directly to your vessel with elastic cord clips for easy, hands-free navigation. It is also a cinch to remove quickly when docking your boat. $78; 4 oz.; brunton.com
Photos by Courtesy and Julia Vandenoever (Tide Chart), Illustrations by Supercorn.

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Navigate using your compass! When you lose sight of the trail and landmarks, stay found by using a compass and reading Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart (Amazon). This book makes learning how to use a compass easy. Before you hit the trail, be sure to calibrate your compass to the declination of where you will be hiking or skiing. Go to: http://magnetic-declination.com. A compass doesn't need satellites, a signal, or batteries and works in all types of weather, day or night, but you need to know how to use it. Look for it on Amazon, "Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart". Learn how to orient yourself using a compass, a compass and a map, a map and no compass, no compass and no map. The ability to know your way and know where you are is something we all need in any survival situation not just while hiking and skiing. Learn to stay found by using a compass and paying attention to your surroundings. Learn what to do if you get lost, how to get rescued, and survival packing (for the car and for the trail) just in case you end up unexpectedly spending the night outdoors.

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Feb 28, 2014

With any kind of luck if you are BACKPACKING you will not find yourself on a lake or an ocean.

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With any kind of luck if you are BACKPACKING you will not find yourself on a lake or an ocean.

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If you followed the directions, eye dominance doesn't matter

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Some people have dominant left eye, thus their thumb will "jump" to the right using this method.

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