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Essential Prepping Skills How To Find North Using A Watch


Essential Prepping Skills
How To Find North Using A Watch

This is an essential skill that all preppers should know - do you?

Walking around in a great big circle is one of the easiest things to do when your lost.!

Without a compass it's amazingly easy to find yourself back at the place your started and incredibly demoralising as well.

If you don't have a map or compass, all is not lost.

In order to ensure you go in the right direction all the times there are several methods you can use in this type of survival situation..

man finding north south by using a watch

As Long As You Can Find A Bearing, You Are Not Lost


  • Always try to go in a straight line - a straight line is your shortest and quickest route to your destination and safety.
  • Pick a route that has landmarks: another way to ensure you are not walking in circles is to pick out a land mark in the distance, assuming you can see one and are not in dense forest.Then stick to that bearing.
  • Take 'bite sized' routes;  when you need to travel long distances, break it up into smaller, bite sized, routes and head for closer landmarks each time, then keep to your bearing and check it regularly.

​This Is How To Find North Using A Watch

So this is the situation - 

You are lost, for whatever reason, and do not have a compass to help find your chosen direction. So long as you maintain a generally straight bearing you will know you are heading somewhere!

Being genuinely lost is quite daunting especially as you don't actually know what direction you are supposed to be travelling in anyway. But all is not lost as there are more than a few tricks to set you off on the right path.

  • Following a river is one of the old favourites to finding 'civilisation', as rivers, invariably head somewhere and there's normally various towns along its route.
  • Look out for power lines and cables - they span the length and width of the country and will lead you to houses or a town,
  • If you find a road - follow it. It's got to go somewhere where there's life.

But, if none of the above are possible - go in a straight line. It doesn't really matter whether is north, east, south or west, just so long as you have a heading to keep to. If you already know that the way out is south, then head south, simple as that.

Finding North using only a watch is a very easy method to learn and can be mastered in minutes.

The only two variable you need are an analogue watch and the sun above you.

A digital watch will not work as you need to use the actual watch hands for alignment.

The G-Shock-GA-100-1A2ER is an ideal watch for this with a large, clear watch face that's very tough.
This is the sort of watch you should be looking to have with you at all times

Assuming it is NOT NOON and your watch is telling the CORRECT TIME

1

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE -
Without day-lightsaving

1 - Point the HOUR HAND in the direction of the sun
2 - Divide the hour hand and minutes hand with an imaginary line
3 - Then divide that line again. Between the 12 O'CLOCK and the hour hand.
4 - The divided line points SOUTH, so follow back through the line of the watch to get NORTH.

2

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE -
With day-lightsaving (+1 hour)

1 - Point the HOUR HAND in the direction of the sun
2 - Then divide that line again. Between the 1 O'CLOCK and the hour hand.
3 - The divided line points SOUTH, so follow back through the line of the watch to get NORTH.

1

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE -
Without day-lightsaving

1 - Point the 12 O'CLOCK in the direction of the sun
2 - Then divide that line again. Between the 12 O'CLOCK and the hour hand.
3 - The divided line points NORTH.

2

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE -
With day-light saving (+1 hour)

1 - Point the 1 O'CLOCK in the direction of the sun
2 - Then divide that line again. Between the 1 O'CLOCK and the hour hand.
3 - The divided line points NORTH.

Whenever possible it is far better to have good compass with you .

Always carry one in your EDC as well as bug out bag.

But more importantly - learn how to read that compass first.! 

How to read a compass here >

Navigation is an essential skill to learn, especially using a compass. But make sure you remember this method as well as it's a great backup to your skills.
Don't get caught out - get prepared first.

Happy Prepping Folks.

Steve

Steve Hart UK Preppers Guide

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