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How to find your ways using natural navigation

The Shadow Stick

The Shadow Stick

The movement of the sun through the sky has been used to determine direction probably since humans first existed. There are several ways that the sun can be utilised to give a general indication of direction, one of which is to track its movement through the sky by marking the movement of a shadow c
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Contours and ground shape

Contours and ground shape

The art of map-making lies in detailing as many features and information of the ground as possible whilst remaining legible at its given scale representation of the world. On both the 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scales of ordnance survey map there can seem a bewildering amount of symbols and lines to int
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Navigation and feature recognition

Navigation and feature recognition

In the last blog on navigation we had a brief look at map scale allowing us to appreciate how distances on the ground and the sizes of objects/ features are represented on maps of different scales. This blog follows on and is aimed at acquainting you with some common symbols used on the OS maps [&he
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Navigation and map scale

Navigation and map scale

We are incredibly fortunate in the UK to benefit from such a detailed mapping system as that provided by the Ordnance Survey maps. Further a field even today there are areas with so little detail mapped that the best scale map you might acquire for the area may be 1:1,000,000.
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Mythbuster

Mythbuster

As I’m sure happens with pretty much every subject, bushcraft and survival contains its fair share of “urban myths”.  One that has been perpetuated for many years and seems to regularly do the rounds on social media, is, using your fingers to estimate how long you have got until t
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