In a survival situation you need to understand your position so to plan a route and travel safely.
Better understand how a compass works and the Earth’s Magnetic Field.
A compass will provide you with the direction of the four cardinal points – North, East, West, and South. By understanding how a compass works and knowing the numerous recognizable signs that indicate direction, you will rarely be lost. So, it is important to understand the Earth’s magnetic field and how to make a temporary compass. The compass, like gunpowder, was developed by the Chinese who used a chunk of magnetic iron ore suspended by a piece of lace to help them navigate on land and sea. Today, the simplest compass is a magnetised needle mounted on a pivot so that it rotates freely.
To make your own temporary compass […]
Sometimes, when operating in a Hostile Environment, you might need to travel at night. The decision to travel at night could be motivated by security considerations or simply weather conditions, as cloud, rain and temperature could provide you with suitable cover for safe movement.
In such situations, you might not have a compass or be able to see the sun, in which case you need to navigate with the stars. […]
During our H.E.A.T courses, attendees often share an all too common experience – the alarming feeling of being lost. However, by using some simple navigation techniques , understanding how to point north and learning how to read a compass, you might become temporarily unaware of your surroundings in a hostile environment … but never lost.
If you think you are lost, stop travelling and take stock of your surrounding. You should be able to recall your point and time of departure, your destination and have a rough estimate of the distance you have travelled and in which direction. If you are flying, you might know your approximate ground speed and flying time. These two indicators should give you an idea of the area in which you have landed. […]