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How to find the North Star

The North Star is a beacon that can be used to guide people in the backcountry. Here is how to find it. By Blake Miller Few hikers or backcountry travelers  use the celestial bodies in the night sky to navigate by.  But on a clear night, the night sky provides a feature

Making sense of the declination diagram

Topographic map users are familiar with the small declination diagram at the bottom of the map. Here is how to use it. by Blake Miller This diagram is located at the bottom center of the map. Let’s zoom in on it. The graphic and information presented relates directly to the declination of the

How to work with degrees true |

Sometimes a task or survival skill, when viewed in its entirety, seems to be overwhelming (Such as where do you start to learn land navigation?)  The best way tackle learning such a skill is to break things down into smaller “baby steps.” Land navigation expert Blake Miller explains how