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Old 07-24-2004, 02:57 PM   #1
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Map and compass crap

Who here has ever taken a long trip without an Atlas in the car? Who here has ever gone into the wilderness without a map and compass? I own a state of the art GPS, and use it all the time. I also carry a map of the area and two compasses. Being lost is not something I would pride myself on. Map and compass crap? If you can't use the basic tool's of land navigation, you should not be allowed to vote. Oops! Sorry. John.
 
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Old 07-24-2004, 03:34 PM   #2
 
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And if it's a major SHTF (since this is the SHTF forum) there's nothing saying the government won't scramble of shut down civilian GPS frequencies, leaving someone SOL who can't navigate without it.

'Course people who don't even have maps or compasses are SOL from the get-go.

Much as I like good gear, you don't even have to have a very expensive compass to do realistic land nav.
 
Old 07-24-2004, 04:04 PM   #3
 
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The more complex a piece of gear becomes the more dependent on other people you must become. A book is something that You do not need anything but time for, books on tape or disc need more, a GPS rig depends on sattelite signals, batteries, and time, a map sheet of you AO, and a 12$ WallyWorld compass are all You need to go from pointA to pointB and avoid the dangers of the middel ground if applicable. Landnav is a dying art, and I like to play orinteering games weith my troops, when the Air Farce says I can train correctly.
 
 
Old 07-24-2004, 04:08 PM   #4
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One of the first things I learned was map and compass. I would not be without them.

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Old 07-24-2004, 05:27 PM   #5
 
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It's sad that most boys don't get into scouting anymore. I don't think Girl Scouts even do such things do they?
 
Old 07-24-2004, 05:32 PM   #6
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I wasn't allowed to be a Girl Scout; much too unladylike. Wouldn't be surprised though as everyone with power wants our children to be obedient little sheeple without any independence at all.

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Old 07-24-2004, 05:43 PM   #7
 
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It's sad that most boys don't get into scouting anymore.
We just picked up the final pieces for my boys Wilderness survival kit. He's going with his scout troop for the week. We had most of the required items but there were a few things we didn't have.

I'm pretty proud of that kid!
 
Old 07-24-2004, 05:50 PM   #8
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Hey its all part of his fantasy, where the world bends down and congratulates gunkid on all his (lack of) wisdom.
 
Old 07-24-2004, 06:12 PM   #9
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Land and Water Navigation

As I posted peviously, my son and I make a yearly trip to northwest Ontario, in quest of huge fish. The lake is over 40 miles long and dotted with hundreds of islands. You can get lost in a heartbeat. I use my GPS, (I have a spare, also,) but we do most of our navigation by map and compass to keep our skills sharp. We have been misplaced several times, but never lost. GPS's are absolutely great tools, but don't lose your skill with a compass. It's as much a lifeline as your knife is. Hope you don't get bored with the bear, but it cracks me up that SOME people think I don't do these things.
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Old 07-24-2004, 07:06 PM   #10
 
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The Hitler Youth would have been cool as a kid. Like the Boy Scouts, lots of camping, but with automatic weapons
 
Old 07-24-2004, 07:48 PM   #11
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Terry G- Old JMD gets his wilderness navigation skills from Chief Spewing Bull of the Fukawe Tribe.
 
Old 07-24-2004, 08:32 PM   #12
 
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To all those guys who get out there with their kids and teach them these things. . .my hat's off to you.

Terry, I for one never get sick of the bear
 
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