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Navigating w/o a Compass from Brian’s Backpacking Blog

We seldom need a compass bike touring, but from time to time it is nice to get your bearings as you consult a map or come to a cross-road.  Brian Green describes a quick and easy way to determine ‘south’ using an analog watch.  Follow the link below the quote to learn more.  Read his other post,  Part Oneto learn a little about night time navigation (not very useful for bike touring, but fun around the campsite).

Using an Analog Watch to Find South

This is the second part of a three part series describing easy to remember and reliable ways to accurately navigate without the use of a compass. In part one I described how you can use easily identifiable constellations to locate the north star, Polaris. In this second part I will show how you can use an analog watch and the sun to quickly determine North and South.

Here’s the link:    Brian’s Backpacking Blog.

  1. dexey
    January 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I keep a small button compass on my watchstrap & it’s always there, unlike the sun. I often use it to orientate myself on bike or foot, in town or country.
    I wonder if I’m turning into a nerd? Mmm.

  2. The Velo Hobo
    January 10, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I like those little button compasses. Plenty good enough to get a general idea of direction.

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