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    Got Lost In The Woods!

    Last week I took my wife for a hike in the woods to teach her the skills she would need if civilization ends and we had to leave our home without any survival equipment. Things didn't go as I'd hoped, and I had to admit I'd gotten us really, really lost. I did remember that the trail we came in on was sort of south, but there was no moss on the trees and it was an overcast day, so those methods didn't work. After wandering aimlessly for over an hour, I spotted an old log cabin in the distance. I studied the cabin carefully, then announced “we go this way”. Within minutes we were back on the trail and on our way home.

    My wife was duly impressed! “How did you know which way to go?” she asked.

    “Easy” I told her. “I just looked at the old cabin. In this part of the country satellite dishes point south.”

    Bada Bing!

    John W in SC

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    Quote Originally Posted by John W in SC View Post
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    Last week I took my wife for a hike in the woods to teach her the skills she would need if civilization ends and we had to leave our home without any survival equipment. Things didn't go as I'd hoped, and ...
    Makes a person appreciate the utility of a simple "go bag" in the arsenal. A little state map, a compass, paper/pencil, fire-starting gear, water purification tabs, a noise-maker (loud whistle), a light-maker (a small mirror), flashlight, a mini first-aid kit.

    It's been a few years since I went into the back country and went through the orienteering/survival routine.

    As you showed, little indicators can be "gold" out there.


    Used to head to a mountainous spot about 80mi from home, frequently. To see the stars, hike up the forest trails, etc. Getting lost a mile from the interstate highway is one thing. Getting lost out there, a completely different problem. Never did stay out more than a couple of days.
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    When I first moved to Northwest Oregon, I thought it was the North Pole. I was taught to look for moss on the trees to tell the north direction. There is moss all around the trees here.

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    If you can see the sun and know whether morning or afternoon general direction works like this. Morning, sun is on right side your facing north. Morning sun on left side your facing south. Afternoon sun on right your facing south. Afternoon sun on left your facing south.

    The wind can sometimes help as well. Areas tend to have typical wind directions. There are exceptions though such as mountains in dawn hours and late evening hours.

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    Y'all make it too complicated. If you're lost, just walk backwards until you come back to where you started.
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    Reminds me of when I was flying and could not locate the airport while in CA.

    I flew low near a bldg and yelled out the window, "Where am I?"

    The person yelled back up as a slowly flew over him.

    Instantly I turned NE and found the airport and landed.

    My friend asked me how I knew which way to go?

    I responded, "The person answered with 100% accurate info that is 100% useless. I knew that had
    to be the Microsoft bldg and the airport is NE of Microsoft"

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