How to find direction without a compass
Photo by Clayton Hamner
The shadow stick method
Though rescue experts suggest you should stay put and wait to be found when lost, there are times when medical necessity or a faint hope of being found means you’ll want to get moving. With any luck you will have a hunch as to whether salvation lies north, south, east or west. During a sunny day, ideally around noon, you can determine direction using the shadow stick method.
Prop up a straight stick (at least three feet long) so it stands vertically and casts a shadow on a flat, smooth area.
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