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Basic Navigation With A Map And Compass

Basic Navigation With A Map And Compass

Navigating when outdoors is pretty much a necessity to avoid getting lost, even if you are on clearly marked trails; we all have stories about walking/cycling/running on a clear route just to get distracted and end up on the wrong path. Venturing beyond the beaten path requires you to know navigation, and despite the simplicity of GPS based devices nothing beats knowing to navigate with a compass and map. Here I want to cover the basics of good map and compass skills such as: Orienting a compass and a map Using an azimuth (and bearing) Finding your direction of travel...

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Packing A Backpacker's Version Of A Bug Out Bag

Packing A Backpacker's Version Of A Bug Out Bag

The Bug Out Bag concept is one of those basic preparedness ideas that are highly recommended by emergency services for people who live in disaster prone areas. The idea is simple: a readily packed bag that allows you to be self sufficient for a set period, usually 24-72 hours. This is a very good idea if you are in an area that might be evacuated quickly due to flooding, earthquakes, etc. But I'm not interested in writing about a bug out bag, that are enough great articles out there about that topic. What I want to talk about is where this bug out bag...

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Being Prepared On The Trail Without Carrying A Ton

Being Prepared On The Trail Without Carrying A Ton

September was the month of preparedness - almost seems like a cruel joke, given the number of devastating natural disasters the US experienced that month. Being prepared is an odd thing - is it an "end of the world apocalypse" mindset or is it just making sure you have some jumper cables in your car? Too often the preparedness is taken over by various doomsday loonies, which makes most of us a bit wary of it. This is wrong. As the weather continues to get more out of whack, it only makes sense to be prepared - it is a healthy precaution and doesn't...

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Cnoc Outdoors September Update

Cnoc Outdoors September Update

This is not really the usual style of posts on this blog, but with so many new people around and so many questions, I figured a nice little company update will help ease some minds. Backorders and preorders We'll start with the biggest elephant in the room: the Vecto. Production has started for the parts of the Vecto and 2000 units have been ordered. Final details are being ironed out as you are reading this, such as print and packaging, and final approval samples should be with me early next week. The original timeline for delivery was mid-November, but it seems that...

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What Is In My Bag: Fall Hiking

What Is In My Bag: Fall Hiking

I get a lot of questions about what gear I use for some of my hikes and I figured I could answer them in a more organized way than individual email responses. So as a result of your questions, we are proud to present a new segment of the blog: "What is in my bag" for different times and activities. To get the ball rolling, the first post will be about fall hiking, mainly in rainy and mixed weather areas like the PNW, the UK, Patagonia, New Zealand and Scandinavia.The premise is: day hiking in any terrain conditions (not scrambling...

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