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$34.84 – Brass Nautical – Thoreau’s Go Confidently Brass Compass with Leather Carry Pouch and Gift Box
Features:
* IDEAL SIZE: With a 2.25 inch diameter and ¾ inch thickness this compass easily fits in a pocket or on a shelf for display.
* CONTENTS: The package contains, a top quality hardwood Gift box (with fine brass inlay), a leather scroll to write your gift message upon, an innovative hand stitched leather carry pouch, a 30 inch long brass chain, and a beautiful Brass love compass with the Quote from “Thoreau”
* A PERFECT GIFT – With a famous quote by one of the Greatest American Poet & Philosopher, “Thoreau”, “Go Confidently in the Direction of your Dreams”, embossed on the front, and with your personalized message on the leather scroll, this compass would make your gift unique.

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Orienteering Compass – Hiking Backpacking Compass – Professional Field Compass for Map Reading – Best Survival Gifts

Orienteering Compass – Hiking Backpacking Compass – Advanced Scout Compass Camping and Navigation – $9.97
Features:
*Acrylic Baseplate Compass with Azimuth Bearing and 360 degree rotating bezel. For cartographic map navigation and reading with Field Compass located Magnifying Glass, compass Ruler and 1:24000 compass Scale.

AOFAR Military Compass,AF-4580 Lensatic Sighting, Waterproof and Shakeproof with Map Measurer Distance Calculator, Pouch for Camping, Hiking – $10.99
Features:
*Durable and Compact: Durable military metal compass. Thermoelastic liquid-filled capsule.High accuracy and waterproof. Works well in all weather conditions.
*Unique Design: Luminous magnet arrow and dial, aiming line,magnifier viewer,tripod connection,reading eyepiece,heavy-duty zinc die-cast,slope chart.
*Multifunction: Floating compass dial with 360° scale, adjustable prism lens, waterproof shakeproof.
*Suitable Activities: Ideal for camping, hiking, adventure, positioning, mapping, etc.

BIJIA Orienteering Map Compass -Sighting Mirror Compass with Adjustable Declination – $11.99
Features:
Multi-function Compas with many other features such as magnigying lens,and measuring scales(in Inches, mm, 1: 25000),lanyard with LED light.Packed a whistle and small screwdriver with compass as well.This orienteering compass may be what you are looking for before you can set out for your next hike.BIJIA provide lifetime warranty for every customers.Please contact us if you have any questions.

Orienteering Compass – Hiking Backpacking Compass – $9.95
Features:
*Acrylic Baseplate Compass with Azimuth Bearing and 360 degree rotating bezel. For cartographic map navigation and reading with Field Compass located Magnifying Glass, compass Ruler and 1: 24000 compass Scale.

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Survival Kit 35 in 1, First Aid Kit, Survival Gear, for Men Boyfriend Him Husband Camping, Hiking, Hunting, Fishing

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Survival Kit 17 in 1, Survival Gear Tool Cool Gadgets Emergency Tactical Equipment Supplies Kits Stocking Stuffers for Families Hiking Camping Adventures
Description:【17 in 1 Survival Kit】This is a 17-in-1 professional emergency survival equipment kit. Included: waterproof box, tungsten fountain pen, tactical compass, flashlight, water bottle clip, two screw drivers, multifunctional spork, wire saw, folding military survival knife, 5-in-1 survival rope bracelet, collapsible fire tube, fire starter, carabiner, multifunctional card, ruler, first aid blanket.

18-in-1 Survival Kit with Water Filter Straw – $32.99
Description: Professional Emergency Kits – Get what you need in camping and other emergencies. This survival kit Includes: personal water filter straw, tungsten pen, multi-function knife, 5 in 1 multi-flatware, army card, first aid tourniquet, mini fire starter with whistle, wire saw, emergency blanket, fire starter, flashlight, whistle, water bottle buckle, tinder rope, survival bracelet and raincoat.

XUANLAN Emergency Survival Kit 13 in 1 – $29.99
Description:【UPGRADED – MORE SAFETY AND PRACTICAL】5-IN-1 paracord bracelet with embedded compass, fire starter, whistle; Luminous Compass of military grade: Features 360 degree rotating bezel; Thermal Blankets are essential for preventing hypothermia as they retain 90% of body heat; They can also be used as a signal, to make a shelter, or as an extra layer in cold weather

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Grenade Pouch Uses

What can a grenade pouch be used for?  Decades ago grenade pouches use to be attached to ALICE M16 magazine pouches, but not anymore.  Now, grenade pouches come in an assortment of colors and can be attached anywhere you have MOLLE webbing.  This means a MOLLE grenade pouch can be attached anywhere from the shoulder straps of a military surplus three day assault pack to a load bearing harness.  As nice as they are, what can grenade pouches be used for?

When the question of grenade pouches first came up I ordered a couple of them off Ebay.   At first glance they look like the old style ALICE compass pouch, just with MOLLE webbing and shaped a little different.  The grenade pouch is also a little wider than the old ALICE compass pouch.  This means whatever fit nicely in the compass pouch was going to fit loose in the grenade pouch.  Most people these days see ALICE gear as an outdated relic, and for the most part it is.  However, there are some old school diehards who still use ALICE packs, so the comparison between the compass pouch and grenade pouch were included in this article.

What will and will not fit in a grenade pouch?

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A Lesson In Having Navigational Gear Close At Hand

While my son and I were fishing on the Angelina River near Jasper, Texas, I learned a lesson on having navigational gear close at hand. What happened was, we followed a slough until it came to a main waterway.

There were a couple of issues:

  • The waterway was overgrown with lily pads.
  • There were several connecting paths.
  • We needed a certain path to get back to the boat launch.
  • Using Google Earth I knew we needed to head East.
  • The time was 1:00 pm and shadows were straight down.
  • Neither my backpack, or the boat survival kit had a compass.
  • All I needed was a simple compass to know which direction was East.

My son and I were at an intersection with around five routes we could take. Due to the lily pads the boat had limited mobility. The motor had to be pulled up every few minutes to clean the lily pads off.

What we ended up doing was driving the boat in one direction, then checking Google earth with my phone. Eventually I was put on the correct path and back to the boat launch we went.

Navigational Gear

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Using A Pocket Compass While Hiking With The Dogs

Awhile back we talked about a 50 cent pocket compass I ordered off Ebay. Rather than buying the compass from an online store, just go straight to the source and cut out the middle man.

Paracord zipper pulls were added to my packs, and then the compass was attached to the paracord. Is the pocket compass a primary land navigation aid? Of course not. The pocket compass is used in conjunction with other navigation aids.

For example, while on a recent hiking trip with the dogs we stopped next to a nice pool of water to take a break. While the dogs were playing, I looked at the pocket compass to make sure we were headed in the right direction.

I know the area and there was no way we could have become lost. A pipeline passes through the forest just a few hundred yards from where the dogs and I stopped. Then there is a dirt road that bisects the pipeline. No matter which way we headed, we would hit either the road or the pipeline, as long as we traveled in a straight line.

Using a Pocket Compass

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What To Expect From A 31 Cent Compass

After digging through Ebay I was able to find a 31 cent compass. The pictures looked rather neat. The compass was in a plastic housing which had a cord attached to it. To get the price down 31 cent, I ordered 40 of them.

What would these be used for? A backup compass and nothing more. Just something that can be attached outside the pack so someone can get a quick reference.

Why look at a 31 cent compass? Part of my videos for 2018 are doing reviews of low cost survival gear. I wanted to start with compasses, just because. The first video and article was about a 50 cent compass.

As I was pulling the compasses out of the package, some of compasses fell out of the plastic housing.

Some of them do not point north. Most will point north. Out of 40 of them, just a couple did not point north. Some of them, the compass has to be perfectly flat to rotate. Someone may say, “So what, a compass has to be flat to work.” The compass has to be almost perfectly flat to work. It seemed that any kind of imbalance and the compass would not work.

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Cutting Out Middle Man For Prepping Supplies

One nice thing about Ebay and international shipping, it lets you cut out the middle man. Rather than going to a store, or even ordering from Amazon, get on Ebay and go straight to the source.

Believe it or not, there was once a time when the internet did not exist. If you wanted something, you either went to a store and bought it, or you ordered it our of a magazine.

In the stores there are these displays where paper magazines are sold. Yes, I know it is difficult to believe, but people use to read stuff printed on paper.

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Dangers Of Hot Weather Hiking

On a hot weather hiking trip in July of 2016 I experienced some of the first signs of heat exhaustion, which were dry skin, rapid heartbeat, fatigue and muscle cramps. This was the same trip where I found the abandoned hunting camp.

I knew that I was getting too hot, daytime highs were near 100 degrees in the shade. My heart was beating so hard I could hear the beats. While walking up a hill my leg muscles started to cramp; I knew I was in trouble. There just happened to be a small tree that provided a nice shady spot. The backpack was dropped, I laid down, took my bandana off and laid it over my shirtless chest.

My cell phone just happened to have one – two bars of service. I pulled up google earth, took a screen shot of my location and sent it to my fiancee through facebook chat. My location was only about 1 1/2 miles from home, but it might as been 100 miles with my legs cramping. In case things went from bad to real bad, at least someone had my location.

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Deer Season Daypack Loadout

Deer season is here, instead of grabbing a pack, throwing some random gear in and heading out to the woods, lets take a look at some items that should be considered. The way I look at it, your pack needs to contain everything you need to track a wounded deer, find your way back back to the truck after dark or spend an unexpected night in the woods.

Basic Daypack

This could be anything from a school book bag, to a good quality pack like a Maxpedition Sitka or Maxpedition Noatak. You need something that is not going to tear apart when your tracking a deer as the last bit of the sunlight fades away. For my current load out I am using the Maxpedition Noatak.

TOPO Map

When possible, I like to have a TOPO map of the area. A GPS is nice, but electronics can fail, batteries can go dead,,,, a physical map is difficult to beat.

But, in order for everything to come together, you have to know how to use a map, GPS and compass. Having a TOPO map in one hand and a compass in the other hand does not do any good if you do not know how to use them.

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Real Map VS Electronic Map

Which do you prefer, a real map or a electronic map? Call me old school, call me old fashioned, call me out of date, or even not keeping up with the times – but give me a real map over an electronic map any day. Heck, I’ll even take a hand drawn map over an electronic map.

Ok, so why the hatred for electronic maps? Its not that I “hate” electronic maps, there are just too many points of failure.

Electronic Maps

Lets take a GPS and has a built in map feature:

  • Require to batteries.
  • May not work well without clear view of the sky.
  • GPS satellites are under government control, and can be turned off at anytime.

I dont know about you, but sometimes I go hiking / camping in places that have a dense tree canopy, which can block the GPS signal. My GPS is a Garmin Etrex. Its a fairly inexpensive model, and a fairly old model – but it gets the job done (most of the time.)

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