Sound of Chirping of Birds, High Mountains, Lush Green Forest, Clear Skies, all of this is a transcendental feeling. It’s just Magic and all of this puts us in a trance. In our trance at times we may go off-course, things can also go bad but then there are modern day technologies. Modern Day Technologies such as GPS are pretty useful and act as lifesavers when one ventures out to offbeat & off-grid destinations.
But what if
1.) These hacks come at a price. Off-course life is priceless but somehow you are not in a position to afford as of now.
2.) You have these technologies but the place you are being to has a GPS block because of security reasons.
3.) Your technology hack has unknowingly turned faulty.
The Key Observations Necessary while out in Remote
Before we proceed further, remember observation is of prime importance. We should observe features while on the move.
# If you see, clouds from behind a mountain descending into a valley, there is good chance of rain, start looking for shelter.
# At times, overcloud sky may not result in rain but if you see high flying birds like eagle, near to surface, there is a good chance of rain, start looking for shelter.
# If you can make your shelter, on high ground, it’s pretty good. Off-course when you are going in remote you will have your tent but think of the bad, in this case your shelter should be perched up on high ground.
# Do not move in the night, because there are wild animals that come out in the night. Further, in the mountains, normally around 4-5 PM, wind develops and picks up.
# If in a valley, stop your journey and put your tents, well before sundown.
# Learn to live and survive the street smart way.
Almost all of us know about the above and try to follow these basic fundamentals and if some of us don’t out of the adrenaline rush, should do so immediately.
The Basic Direction Guide
Technology is good but never forget the basics. It is these basics that have helped our ancestors to survive in the wild. One can say that nature is our real guide in the wild
There rope in the basics,
1.) An earlier post “Surviving if Lost”, covered directions using analog wrist watch, spiders & pole stars.
2.) Identify Moss – Moss, grows north side, in base of the trees and this is the least sunny side.
3.) The Stick Method – Put a stick in the ground, make a point the shadow is forming, wait for a while say 15 minutes, and note the path, the shadow is travelling, mark a second point.Shadow line formed is east-west line, with the first point being west and the second point being east.
4.) Compass – Off course , have a compass, that’s the best, unless, it will always work, unless, something bad happens and the magnetic field of earth goes haywire.
Further, How Not to Get Lost is also a key
1.) Wherever you are going use markers, to mark your route and also make a note of the distinct features on the trail.
2.) Set up your camps, well before sun down.
P.S: Moss and Sea gull photo courtesy photo bucket.