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 Anything, The Hunting and Gathering Survival Manual, How To Survive Anything, and available now, Tim’s latest release, The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook.
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