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    it has always been my practice to draw magnetic...

    it has always been my practice to draw magnetic north lines on my maps, and teaching my land nav students how to do it as an educational exercise. At the same time, drawing lines lends itself to...
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    I spent quite a bit of time over a few years...

    I spent quite a bit of time over a few years working for the Air Force at the observatory on the mountain top in Maui. Nice trails around there, some heading down into Haleakala crater. The primary...
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    However, the atmosphere has a considerable built...

    However, the atmosphere has a considerable built in temperature and bad weather lag, so that the peak of the cold and storminess comes some weeks after the solstice. We have yet to experience due...
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    Decades ago, while in college I was part o a very...

    Decades ago, while in college I was part o a very dedicated and safety conscious outing club, focused on caving more than anything else. We practiced endlessly following then accepted safety...
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    Since I went to hammock camping a dozen or more...

    Since I went to hammock camping a dozen or more years ago I haven't had to worry much about a pad for comfort (only needed for insulation under my sleeping bag in the hammock), and I am a side...
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    "point" taken, and true enough. It is the nature...

    "point" taken, and true enough. It is the nature of the beast. Without using professional surveyor's methods and very expensive equipment (both on establishing the original track and on the...
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    Be as careful as you will, holding a line without...

    Be as careful as you will, holding a line without witness points to within 2-3 degrees on a consumer grade compass is a battle not to have your track look more like a random walk. Have you ever XC...
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    TCD, to be clear to the thread, the training I...

    TCD, to be clear to the thread, the training I was referring to was a course that is very specific to the lost person behavior book mentioned. Taught by the author, or by others very knowledgeable...
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    Try reading this: "Lost Person Behavior: A...

    Try reading this: "Lost Person Behavior: A search and rescue guide on where to look - for land, air and water" by Robert J. Koester
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    Not directly related to this story, but when I...

    Not directly related to this story, but when I drove through Banff on my way to the Yukon a couple of years ago, I noticed a lot of cars stopped in the 4 lane roadway and people rushing over across...
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    For example: Town of Santa Clara Franklin...

    For example:
    Town of Santa Clara
    Franklin County
    Wilderness Rescue: On July 30 at 9:04 p.m., Franklin County 911 transferred a call to DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch from a female hiker who had been...
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    I've heard several times of hikers who got stuck...

    I've heard several times of hikers who got stuck out at night who told the NYSDEC rangers that "Yes, I have a flashlight, it is on my cell phone." Are you kidding me???? First real cameras went by...
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    I've been actively involved in NY SAR for 25...

    I've been actively involved in NY SAR for 25 years. While there are plenty of cases of people injured or unprepared and making major mistakes, even egregious and stupid moves, AFAIK, no one has ever...
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    When I first started sleeping in a hammock...

    When I first started sleeping in a hammock (Hennessey), I had trouble keeping the pad from squirting out and ending up on top of me. So I made a lightweight overbag from an old thin sheet sewn...
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    it had been almost a month since the subject had...

    it had been almost a month since the subject had gone missing, so body temperature would have assumed the same as the environment by that time. Ultimately he was found yet a week later outside of...
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    And they end up in the weekly published Forest...

    And they end up in the weekly published Forest Ranger Highlights pages.
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    We have a brief segment on survival techniques...

    We have a brief segment on survival techniques during the NY Homeland Security Land Navigation course I teach. A couple of my fellow instructors are recently retired Army Rangers with advice to...
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    I am an instructor for NY Homeland Security. With...

    I am an instructor for NY Homeland Security. With other instructors we run a land nav course open for NY law enforcement, EMS and SAR. Interestingly, in the months after the Dannemora prison...
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    Although I am a dedicated map and compass only...

    Although I am a dedicated map and compass only user on personal hikes and bushwhacks as my preferred method of recreational travel with back country navigation, I could not be a SAR volunteer crew...
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    That is exactly how I learned the finer details...

    That is exactly how I learned the finer details of backcountry off-trail navigation. Self-taught, I have learned far more from days of head slapping memorable navigation mistakes than I did on...
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    The first Yukon 1000 mile canoe race rules...

    The first Yukon 1000 mile canoe race rules required a ridiculous 20Kg (44 pounds!!) of food per person to be carried on board from the start of the race. Supposedly enough to last for 3 weeks. All...
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    I've not heard a Lynx, but several times a bobcat...

    I've not heard a Lynx, but several times a bobcat in the Adirondacks. But nothing like my first experience. My dad shot a deer in his usual fairly remote hunting spot deep in the woods. Late in...
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    I was part of an outing club at my university...

    I was part of an outing club at my university many years ago. We specialized, almost exclusively, on exploring caves and caverns in the hollow Karst landscape of east central NY state. I feel that...
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    Burritos. Fresh tortillas, dehydrated salsa,...

    Burritos.

    Fresh tortillas, dehydrated salsa, dehydrated refried beans (very easy to dehydrate from cans and will rehydrate perfectly to original condition), dehydrated cooked ground beef (cooked...
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    I found a great calorie and flavor enhancement...

    I found a great calorie and flavor enhancement recipe to tomato sauce. Puree a large jar or two of sauce with a can of kidney beans and onions and peppers. You can either dehydrate it separately,...
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