Winter Survival: Always Carry A Compass

Winter Survival: Always Carry A Compass

An excerpt from The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook

The ancients found their way across entire seas with crude magnetic compasses, and there’s no reason we can’t find our way across a snow field with basically the same tool. The modern compass allows travelers to move in a straight line, even when there are no landmarks to guide them. A dark cloudy night or sudden snow squall will have no effect on the smooth steady pull of the compass needle.

Carry a compass in the great outdoors and check it often to stay on track in the snowy landscape. But be aware that a sensitive modern compass can react to nearby steel and other ferrous metal objects, such as gun barrels and large belt buckles. Hold the compass away from magnetic metal objects for a true and honest reading.

These tips, and many more survival tips, are in MacWelch’s books: Prepare For AnythingThe Hunting and Gathering Survival ManualHow To Survive Anything, and available now, Tim’s latest release, The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook.

Follow him on Twitter @timmacwelch

And check out more of MacWelch’s outdoor skills and survival articles in Outdoor Life Magazine.

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