Map & Compass

Navigation tools including maps, compass, GPS, computers, software, and other forms of navigation.
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Map & Compass

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Post by eubi » Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:23 pm

Well, when it comes to backcountry navigation, I'm a traditionalist. Map and compass!

Now, I like my GPS, but the only direction you are guaranteed of finding is down.

Do you know how to find north and south at night? Star power.

East-West during the day? Stick a stick in the dirt.

There's even a way to tell south using an analog watch. Analog watch? What's that? :lol:

Stay tuned...
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Re: Map & Compass

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Post by gon2srf » Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:11 pm

eubi wrote:Well, when it comes to backcountry navigation, I'm a traditionalist. Map and compass!

Now, I like my GPS, but the only direction you are guaranteed of finding is down.

Do you know how to find north and south at night? Star power.

East-West during the day? Stick a stick in the dirt.

There's even a way to tell south using an analog watch. Analog watch? What's that? :lol:

Stay tuned...
Alright already, I'm waiting? ;)
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Post by socal_rubi » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:25 pm

I'm waiting too???

It reminds me of that joke, "how do you keep a moron in suspense?"

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Post by raYGunn » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:35 pm

You know, my Dad once gave me some great advice.
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Post by DaveK » Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:12 pm

raYGunn wrote:You know, my Dad once gave me some great advice.

Wasn't that a line from Young Frankenstein?
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Post by hawkeye » Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:47 pm

You know.. My Dad onece gave me some advice. He said,"Son, If your going nowhere, dont be in a hurry, and you will get there faster"

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Re: Map & Compass

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Post by eubi » Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:13 pm

OK, OK! Sorry for the wait, but this forum doesn't like to upload .gif's. OK, here's how to tell time with an analog watch!

During daylight savings time, bisect the angle between the hour hand and 1:00.

Or think of it this way...The sun rises at 6:00PM and sets at 6:00 PM. You watch's hour hand is turning twice as fast as the earth is rotating.
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Re: Map & Compass

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Post by eubi » Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:19 pm

This one is easier to remember, and I teach it to all the Scouts in my troop.
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You won't be finding a geocache with these techniques, but you can orient your map well enough to get you to a "handrail" In navigation parlance, a handrail is a long feature, such as a freeway or river.

OK, my turn for a joke:

What's brown and sticky?
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A stick! :lol:
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Re: Map & Compass

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Post by DaveK » Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:36 am

eubi wrote:
OK, my turn for a joke:

What's brown and sticky?

Phew............... for a minute there I thought you were talking about brown 25!, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=008BPUdQ1XA
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Re: Map & Compass

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Post by eubi » Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:33 am

DaveK wrote:
eubi wrote:
OK, my turn for a joke:

What's brown and sticky?

Phew............... for a minute there I thought you were talking about brown 25!, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=008BPUdQ1XA
Bleahh!

That's why we astronomy fans refer to it as UR-an-us.

I promise to only write Scout appropriate jokes on this (or any other) forum. :lol:

Now give me a day or so and we'll discuss using your compass for triangulation, to find out where you are on a map.
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