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7 ways to navigate naturally

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Navigational know-how from Andy Harris, former Royal Marines commando mountain leader, and survival consultant to TV’s ‘The Island with Bear Grylls’ and ‘Australian Survivor’

1. THE SHADOW-AND-STICK METHOD

Drive a metre-long stick upright into the ground. Mark the tip of the shadow it creates with a rock: this is ‘west’. Wait 15 minutes and make another mark at the shadow’s tip: a rough east direction. Draw a line between the two: an east-west marker; it’s simple to work out the other cardinal points.

2. THE WATCH METHOD

Place an analogue watch flat on the ground, with the hour hand pointing towards the sun. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, bisect the angle between the hour hand and the 12 o’clock symbol and draw a line on the ground to get your north-south line. This method is more accurate further away from the Equator.

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