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Survival Skills: Find Your Way With A Sun Compass

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June 27, 2012
Survival Skills: Find Your Way With A Sun Compass - 2

People often ask me how I can tell so quickly which way is north, south, east or west. Well, the straight answer is that I just pay attention to the orientation of things wherever I go, and I also pay attention to the time of day and the position of the sun. But what happens if you have no compass or GPS, you weren’t paying attention, and it’s the middle of the day so you cannot use sunrise or sunset to gain your bearings?

Never fear, the sun moves enough at midday that we can find our direction by sticking a few twigs in the ground to make a sun compass.

It’s easy to make and easy to use a sun compass (aka “shadow stick”). Just stick a twig into soft ground in an open area that is receiving direct sun light. Then stick a smaller twig into the ground, or set a small stone, at the point where the first stick’s shadow ends on the ground. The sun moves east to west at about 15 degrees per hour.

Wait 3 hours and make another mark to record the current tip of the shadow from the shadow stick. Lay a stick or draw a line between the marks of the two shadow tips and you have established a rough east-west line. Add small stones or more twigs over the course of the day and you’ll have a sun dial to tell time, plus you’ll still have your compass. Simple, yet effective.

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from wellons123 7/22/2013 at 12:46pm

This method is correct and effective, but a bit a waste of time, and very troublesome www.luxurypasser.com
Let's bring a compass

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from azduane 6/28/2012 at 01:06pm

I've used this technique just to say I did but it is a good way to determine east to west and then from there one can determine north and south. If you have a watch, not a digital watch, you can also get an idea of where south is by pointing the hour hand at the sun and half way between the hour hand and the 12 on the watch will be south. If there is a crescent moon you can also determine south at night by "drawing" a line from one crescent point to the other and where the "line" intersects the ground is south.

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from azduane 6/28/2012 at 01:06pm

I've used this technique just to say I did but it is a good way to determine east to west and then from there one can determine north and south. If you have a watch, not a digital watch, you can also get an idea of where south is by pointing the hour hand at the sun and half way between the hour hand and the 12 on the watch will be south. If there is a crescent moon you can also determine south at night by "drawing" a line from one crescent point to the other and where the "line" intersects the ground is south.

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from wellons123 7/22/2013 at 12:46pm

This method is correct and effective, but a bit a waste of time, and very troublesome www.luxurypasser.com
Let's bring a compass

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