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Old 06-08-2016, 03:45 PM   #1
Bark Eater Too
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Location: Wilmington, DE
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Bushwhacking navigation tip

I had an interesting experience last week that I wanted to share. Bushwhacking (no trail whatsoever) through some very heavy blowdown. At some point after climbing over and under a bunch of fallen obstacles I reached into my pocket for my compass to get a new bearing. Compass gone. Obviously a rookie mistake committed by an old timer. I was about a mile away and 1000 feet up from the nearest trail. Moral of the story: Tie your compass onto a belt loop or some other point of attachment. In this case it wasn't that big a deal. At that point I was headed downhill and knew roughly where I needed to go. But it could have been...Now there will be a bunch of posts asking why I didn't have a GPS. Old school I guess. I did have my phone in the pack as a back up.
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