Hiking and Camping

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. […]

Dogs on a hiking trip
Hiking and Camping

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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Overgrown logging road
Hiking and Camping

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. […]