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jad

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Finding North
« on: July 14, 2009, 03:53:31 PM »
This tip may help when following a map...or your way back to the car...
You can find North approximatly by using your watch and the sun. Point 12:00 in the direction of the sun. North will then be roughly half way between 12:00 and the current time. So if the time is say 2:00pm, point 12:00 at the sun and North should be in the direction of 1:00.

JAD



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Re: Finding North
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009, 04:36:03 PM »
Good post.

It saved me once, and also learnt a good lesson.

Always secure your compass.  and carry a watch. :-\

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2009, 06:57:57 PM »
Hi,

Seeing some of our members live in the Northern Hemisphere, they should be aware that the same technique is used to find South for them.

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2009, 09:04:23 PM »
my digital watch doesn't seem to point to North consistently.  Please send instructions....  ;D

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2009, 08:48:56 AM »
lmao this reminds me of a rescue in western australia. a guy was fishing off the coast and lost site of land.

the coast guard found him around 24 hrs later almost 100nm off shore and asked how he got so far out without any nav equipment and he said that his friend had told him if he looses site of land to just head towards the sun. what his friend didn't say was that only worked in the morning (thats right it was afternoon when he followed it)

believe it or not its a true story happened in 2000 or 2001 when i was in the navy, my ship was put on standby for it

you have to laugh at some people's stupidity (i know it was a standing joke on the ship for a while)

Ben

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2009, 09:14:24 AM »
my digital watch doesn't seem to point to North consistently.  Please send instructions....  ;D
I suspect you will need to wait until 12:00. That's when you aim your digital watch at the sun....works like a charm.  :P



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Re: Finding North
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2009, 09:20:05 PM »
 hehe8)
Keep em comin!!!

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2009, 03:09:46 AM »
This tip may help when following a map...or your way back to the car...
You can find North approximatly by using your watch and the sun. Point 12:00 in the direction of the sun. North will then be roughly half way between 12:00 and the current time. So if the time is say 2:00pm, point 12:00 at the sun and North should be in the direction of 1:00.

JAD
LOL commonsense is paramount in the scrub, but unless your out fossicking in the Simpson Desert....just take a GPS instead... 8)

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2009, 03:25:28 AM »
I`ve decided to post again on this subject -- If there is a possibility that you might lose your way back to your car after fossicking/bushwalking stay at home. Save your local community having to fork out thousands of dollars to rescue you. I`ve never heard of a prospector / gem collector getting lost or in need of rescue..99.9% of them are very intelligent folk !  beers

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2009, 04:13:06 PM »
I agree, a prepared fossicking trip should involve maps at a bare minimum....saying that, I really hope I don't get lost this weekend....

 beers

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2009, 04:25:09 PM »
Ok JAD, you are now under orders to log in first chance so we know whether to send out the search party.
Keep em comin!!!

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2009, 06:31:52 PM »
I guess you could always leave a bread crumb trail between you and th car, and hope their are no hungry birds or anjimals around ;) hehe
Ron and I have an Appointment to do some Laps ;) ;D

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2009, 06:48:10 PM »
And at the end of the day you'll be able to pick up all these lil rocks with breadcrumb inclusions ;D
Keep em comin!!!

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2009, 08:22:44 PM »
just leave fragments of your digital watch behind you - it's bugger-all use at finding north, and the birds won't eat it.

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Shane (solving complex problems since about half a glass of red ago....)

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Re: Finding North
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2009, 06:25:30 PM »
A.M. sun on your right shoulder.....you're facing north.
P.M. sun on your left shoulder.......you're facing north.
Midday.......sit down and have some tucker.

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