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Emergency & Backup Equipment / Re: Spot/In Reach/ PLB - balancing them
« on: February 20, 2014, 06:04:59 PM »
Excellent post Oakleaf.

Full disclosure: I love my electronic gadgets as much as anyone else. With that being said, I fight a constant battle to disconnect from the world when out in the backcountry. In my prior life, I spent a lot of time offshore moving boats from one port to another (yacht deliveries) and we always had an EPIRB with us. So I got used to having one with me whenever I was away from the civilized world.
If I was guiding trips, I would have one for sure. Could be a good selling point to your clients.
Personally, I carry an EPIRB and a handheld ham radio with external antenna when I'm out hiking/camping. The sole reason, if I am out alone and break my leg (compound fracture), depending on how well my note that I left with my wife detailing where I went and when I should return will dictate how long I will be there on the ground waiting for rescue.

As a member of a SAR team locally, it's an excellent tool for those needing serious emergency attention. Not those who need more coffee or other frivolous matters.

General navigational Kit / New Nav Gear…The kind that smell like wax
« on: February 19, 2014, 01:54:28 AM »
I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Biz card was inserted to cover up the home address (PERSEC and all)

Needless to say, it was well worth the wait. Pencils are getting chopped and dummy corded. Slope card & timing card will be added to my stack of nav cards. While I did have access to the info in the book, I really like the quality of the cards themselves.

I posted the above images on my FB page with links to the forum and store. Trying to get more people interested in the lost art of navigation. ;)

Apps / Re: An interesting read
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:12:53 PM »
I'll stick with my Garmin GPS; but then again, I am old school.
Those dang smart phones cost too much to take them out on the trail (using them in over landing is a different story).

Compasses / Re: Why we carry more than one compass
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:10:30 PM »
Amen to that. I usually carry a Suunto M3 Global in my chest rig and a backup button compass in my mini AMK Survival Kit that goes in my cargo pants pocket when out in the woods. I also have an electronic compass in my watch (Casio) but never use it.

On a recent SAR Land Nav training exercise, the compass that I had then, a cheap Silva needle was acting all wacky. Compared it to a known working compass and it apparently was all messed up. Had to go to my backup button compass. Apparently my radio (speaker) had gotten too close to the compass needle and affected the magnetism. Better in training, than in real life.

New Techniques & Learning / Re: Navigation accuracy
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:05:33 PM »
FWIW, I am tall as well coming in at 195 cm (6'5"); my pace count (I start on my left, even though I am right handed, go figure) on flat gravel (no pack or snow) is around 60. Of course that is the best it will ever be, especially once I start adding additional factors in.


I may have to do a survey and see how my dog performs (Purebred American Mutt). And yes, we drive on the wrong side of the road  ;D

New Member Introductions / Re: Greetings from the other side of the Pond
« on: February 04, 2014, 11:27:50 AM »
Thanks all for the warm welcome.

Lyle- the mother's side of the family did come across from the UK about 3 generations ago. I'm sure I have some relatives there.  ;)

General navigational Kit / Re: Sunstones
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:29:30 AM »
I bought a good sized calcite crystal, read up on it, & did  a little experimentation. Then I made this video: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
It does work, but not as generally imagined. All the other videos on YouTube have folk waving it at the Sun as if it were a camera or something. From Civil Twilight through to Civil Twilight, a dependable reading may be had. The video is self-explanatory to those who possess a crystal, but ask away anyway.

Cool video. This is on my short list of esoteric nav tools to collect.

General navigational Kit / Anyone use/make a BRIS sextant?
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:26:23 AM »
While I sold my boat many moons ago (thank God, talk about an expensive hobby), I still like to mess around with celestial navigation shoreside.

I recently came across this:
and was intrigued. Looks relatively simple to make, and being a UL backpacker the portability appeals to me.

I scoured the web and collected all the info I could find about, if anyone is interested in all of it, PM me and I can email it to you.


Variations of Existing Techniques / Re: Reckoning Distance:
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:43:19 PM »
here is another way to get there. The principle is the same.

Cool info, thanks for sharing.

New Member Introductions / Greetings from the other side of the Pond
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:40:39 PM »
Hi Fellow Nav Enthusiasts:

My name is Stuart, and I live in Portland, Maine (USA). I recently picked up a copy of The Ultimate Navigation Manual (an excellent read by the way) and learned about this forum.

A little about myself: I am an Eagle Scout with a degree in Physical Geography and work as a Preparedness Consultant.

 I have always had an interest in maps and navigation. I have navigated underwater (SCUBA), shots star sights using a sextant offshore, and of course, done land navigation. I haven't done navigation via plane yet, but it is on my list to do.

I also should mention that I volunteer as a member of the Pine Tree Search and Rescue Team( here in southern Maine.

Look forward to discussing navigation ideas, problems, and techniques.

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