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Natural Navigation.

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One thing I always find is helpful; a fist width at arm's length spans approx 15 degrees which is how far the earth rotates (or apparently the sun moves) in 1 hour so you can estimate how much daylight you have left by measuring in an arc down from the sun's position to where it should set.

In the same way, if you mark where the sun was at noon at your camp you can estimate the time from that point to the sun's current point.
 

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It's the sort of thing that's always interested me, G1ZmO reading nature's signs and folklore.

ETA. thanks for the Utube link.:thumbsup:
 

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Oh! I agree Harry, it's just me skylarking, I've got very good reason to be thankful for Gizmos I can assure you. :D It's just that I tend to do things back to front compared to many people. I use old methods for virtually everything outside, backed up with modern technology if required, For instance, rather than scratch around trying to remember where I left my compass if the batteries in the GPS die, I use the compass as first choice. Just a different precedence of operating, that's all.
 

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Age has slowed me down somewhat so these days I tend to go for a ramble. Some time ago I watched a TV series called Natural Navigation and it starred a few actor types being taught how to navigate without the use of a compass by Tristan Gooley. Recently I found his website and throught the summer I thought I might try some of his methods while I'm out and about. I think it could be a handy skill to have and be fun learning.:)

Natural Navigation | The Natural Navigator



Love this stuff :thumbsup: anyway of making you take notice of your surroundings is a pulse. Increasing your awareness. Must have skill in my book. And as you said before mike good game to play with the kids. When I have the chance to do that a will post the results on this thread :thumbsup: must learn them first or there’s a strong possibility my little angels with rip the pee out me :rofl:
 

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A simple navigation aid is your seedling plants, in a greenhouse the seedlings will follow the sun so if you check them early morning they will be leaning to the east. Yep you aint go no greenhouse in the wild but you do have plants, find east you can find all the compass points
 

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It’s interesting. I have dabbled a little in this with tree stumps. The heart of the tree is closer to the southern side. It’s not100% as is moss is not 100% but it’s better than a guess. Good skill to have and one that’s going on my list :thumbsup: