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How to Find North

Learn how to orient yourself for when it really counts.

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Navigation 101: Understanding Your Compass
If you don’t know what triangulation is, read this article.

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Survival: Off-Course With No Map or Compass
Uh-oh, you forgot to download free maps at Backpacker.com, and now you’re lost in the woods without any navigational tools. Smart! Now follow these rules to get found.

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Maps: How to Orient a Map to the Surrounding Terrain
Maps are invaluable for navigating unfamiliar terrain, but without this basic step, you might just be spinning in your tracks.

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Track the Sun to Find North
If you suspect you’re off-track use the sun to help orient you and determine which direction is true north.

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Navigate in Low Visibility
Leapfrogging, following benchmarks, and more.

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Master Class: Find Yourself on a Map
The best way to avoid getting lost? Always know your location. Study up on these key techniques for identifying terrain features, translating GPS data to a map, and triangulating your position.

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