Backpacker magazine's Outdoor Survival: Skills To Survive by Molly Absolon

By Molly Absolon

Backpacker Magazine's outdoors Survival informs readers approximately easy methods to construct a protect; begin a hearth; locate or arrange drinkable water; navigate whilst misplaced; locate meals, and different vital ability to outlive and remain alive. this convenient pocket-sized advisor is ninety six pages, comprises popouts, and contains colour images, charts, and illustrations as wanted in the course of the interior.

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If it’s just a matter of heading back down the trail, by all means, retrace your steps until you are back at a place you recognize, and start over. 2. Find a high point from which to observe your location. Is there a nearby hill or open area where you can get a view of your surroundings? Look for major rivers, signs of humans, or recognizable landforms. Seek out a high point to get a view. indd 32 2/18/10 9:34:02 AM 3. Scout the area to look for recognizable features. If you can’t get to a viewpoint, you can consider scouting around to see if you can find something that will help you get oriented.

Usually, it’s best to choose a couple of different landmarks to help narrow down your options. Once you’ve looked around, pull out the map and locate your landmarks. indd 27 27 2/18/10 9:34:00 AM you’ve found those points is it worth trying to home in on your specific location. 4. Keep track of time. Make note of when you leave camp and what time you pass obvious terrain features. This will give you a sense of how fast you are moving and when you should expect to arrive at your destination or a specific spot.

Seek instruction or assistance from someone who knows more than you if you find yourself confused. Lost or Confused? In spite of everything, most people who spend a lot of time in the wilderness have been disoriented or flat-out lost at some point in their career. The land of 39-foot hills where the map’s contour intervals are 40 feet; dense forests where you can see no farther than the next tree; and wide-open terrain without any distinguishing features are all notoriously difficult to navigate through and, therefore, easy to become lost in.

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