Why “triangulation” to get unlost may be a bad idea

Why “triangulation” to get unlost may be a bad idea

“Triangulation”, espoused In just about every navigation book, is a method of using a map and compass together to theoretically get yourself unlost in the backcountry. What the books fail to mention is that it only works in extremely favorable circumstances, and should not be relied upon to stay found. Learn the three cases where triangulation fails.

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Which Way Wednesday - Topo reading, Saddles, knolls, summits

Which Way Wednesday - Topo reading, Saddles, knolls, summits

“Which Way Wednesday”, features a post about wilderness navigation or trip planning. We’ll share a few excerpts from the Wilderness Navigation Challenge; this week - contours and terrain. What’s a saddle look like on a topo map? The contour lines are bending; does that show a ridgeline or a gully? I see a closed circle on a topo map; is that a mountain top, or just a small knoll? How is the summit of a major mountain indicated on a topo map?

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