I’ve advocated and discussed a lot of gadgets and modern commodities over time,which would help your cause in a survival scenarios. I’ve shown you GPS watches and smartphones, compasses and other stuff that would make your life easier in case you found yourselves in a pickle. Telling directions and realizing which way to go is of upmost importance in a SHTF scenario, and having a tiny gadget in your pocket to sort it all out for you would be great. But what if when SHTF you find yourself stranded without the convenience of a GPS or a compass? Or what if they brake due to some unfortunate event? Well, there’s no need to just give up and lose all hope, because there are other ways of telling direction and finding your way, even without the wonders of technology. And here are a few tips and hints.
Finding your way with a regular watch
If you’ve survived a bad course of events and y
ou still have an analog wristwatch on you that still works, you’re in luck. The watch needs to be fully functional and the hour hand intact. The watch method has two alternatives: one foe the southern hemisphere and the other one is for the northern hemisphere. As long as you haven’t been in a coma or in complete isolation for some days, you should have no trouble knowing in which hemisphere you are.
- The southern hemisphere method
Place your watch level with the ground and point 12 as precisely as you can towards the sun.Now take a look at the watch and find the hour hand. The midway between 12 and the hour hand is north. Opposite of north is south of course, and telling is and west shouldn’t be a problem. Now you know the cardinal points and finding your way out of the wilderness should be a tad easier now. Your regular watch can be a pretty exact compass if used correctly.
- The northern hemisphere
If you find yourself in the northern hemisphere, the roles of the 12 and the hour hands will be reversed. So level your watch on the ground and point the hour hand towards the sun this time. Midway between the hour hand and the 12 you’ll have south. Opposite to south is north, and once again, east and west will be easy to tell apart.
The method is pretty efficient overall and will work in most situations. Just make sure that your watch is set accordingly with the daylight saving’s time. If it’s not, the error resulting in reading directions might throw you off your tracks quite a bit, so be careful.
Finding your way with the ancient shadow method
This method is still practical, despite being one of the most ancient navigation methods used by modern man. The elements required will be easy to find almost anywhere, as it all comes down to a 2.5. – 3 foot straightstick, a handful of dirt and two rocks or twigs. And this is how you do it: before noon, plant the stick in the ground and take a look at the stick’s shadow. The tip of the shadow will be marked, with either a rock or a small twig (or anything else that you might have at your disposal). Now start drawing a circle (as perfectly as you can) from the
marked spot, around the stick which should find itself in the very center. When noon comes (or solar noon as it’s called), the sun will be at its highest point, which will make the shadow of the stick be at its smallest. Once the sun will start setting, the shadow of the central stick will become longer and longer, pointing towards the circle. When the point of the shadow reaches the edge of the circle mark it with another small rock or twig. The two marked spots are not diametrically opposed to one another and they point towards east and west. In the northern hemisphere marking will indicate west and the second one will indicate east; in the southern hemisphere, it’s the other way around. Once you have these figured out, north and south will be easy to tell apart.
These are the easiest and most practical methods that I know for telling directions in a SHTF scenario. There are more ways of finding your way out of a unknown territory or to simply navigatewith precision, but as long as you’ve mastered these two, you won’t really need more. However, there’s no such thing as knowing too much, so you might want to look the others up to. The more you know, the better you’ll handle things.
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