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3 Ways to Find North Without a Compass


The Method of the day for Survivalists:

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This will probably come in handy some day…

Step 1: Using an Analog Watch:

Picture of Using an Analog Watch:
– First off, you need an analog watch set to the correct time; if it has been adjusted for Daylight Savings set it back an hour

– In the Northern Hemisphere:

  • Point the hour hand (the little one) at the sun
  • Imagine there is a line down the middle of the angle between the hour hand and the 12 o clock mark
  • The line down the middle of the angle is pointing South; so the opposite direction is North

– In the Southern Hemisphere:

  • Point the 12 o clock mark at the sun
  • Imagine there is a line down the middle of the angle between the 12 o clock mark and the hour hand
  • The line down the middle of the angle is pointing North

Step 2: Using the Shadow Tip Method:

Picture of Using the Shadow Tip Method:

– Take a stick and place it upright so you can see its shadow; the taller the stick the better
– Make sure the shadow is on clear, level ground
– Mark the ground at the edge of the shadow with something small like a pebble
– Wait 10 or 15 minutes then mark the edge of the shadow again
– Make a straight line between the two marks; this is a rough East-West line
– The first mark is the West mark and the second mark is the East mark

Step 3: Using Two Sticks at Night:

Picture of Using Two Sticks at Night:
– Lie down and drive one stick into the ground at eye level
– Drive a second, taller stick into the ground behind it so that the tips of the sticks line up with a bright star
– Watch the star for a few minutes; if it seems to move…

  • Up you are facing East
  • Down you are facing West
  • Right you are facing South
  • Left you are facing North

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