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Navigation with a compass and GPS video series

Navigation with a compass and GPS video series
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Navigation with a compass, topo map and GPS is an important skill that every hiker, camper and survivalist should learn. To help instruct someone that is just learning how to navigate, a set of videos has been put together. The GPS in the videos is a Garmin Etrex, that does NOT have a built in map feature. Please do not depend on the GPS for all of your navigation functions. When venturing off the trail, go prepared with a topo map of the area, GPS with spare batteries and 2 compasses.

Part – 1
Part 1 is a very basic introduction to navigation with a compass and GPS. We discuss learning how to use the GPS and compass in a safe area, such as a neighborhood or on the street you live on. In the video a set of rail road tracks were used as a demonstration.

Part – 2
Part 2 discusses moving away from your target so that you can not see where you started from. For demonstration purposes a creek is used in this video.

Part – 3
This last video adds a topo map into the instructions. This was shot during a 6 mile hiking / over night camping trip straight through the wilderness.

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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