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This is a discussion on Navigation...Land Nav techniques within the General Talk forums, part of the General Discussion category; hand rails and back stops?? your definition please bro??...

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    hand rails and back stops?? your definition please bro??
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    A hand rail is a natural terrain feature along your route that you don't want to go beyond... a back stop is the same...a natural feature behind your destination that tells you , you have gone too far. They are usually roads, rivers, or mountains, or ridges that guid you along your path so that you don't have to be azimuth spot on... but they keep you with in your path...a cooridor if you will

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    thank you very much, next camping trip I will take that challenge (this won't be for a wile) and see how it goes, I think I have done something similar in the past tho, physical natural barriers marking out boundaries, and key points where you have traveled too far you're lost, same kinda thing??
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    an example...you know a major road is north of you going east to west...you use it as your northern hand rail...don;t go north of it. A river is beyond your destination running north to south...don;t go past it. A major mountain range runs to your south with elevation increasing as you go south... you can travel without much attention to azimuth until you hit any of those. It allows you you to follow the land, hunt, etc, but stay within your boundary and get back home with little thought because you know your boundaries.... Simple right?

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    very, got ya, never herd of the terminology before but have a perfect picture of the exercise now, just add a timing feature and bingo all sorted (I assume the timing is for distance??)

    nice one and never thought to nav like that
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    roger that time is distance...learn how far you walk n x time and it replaced a pace count.
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    The harder challenge is ..how do I do that without a compass... it can be done with cardinal directions from the sun...but start with the basics. If you are new to this...start looking at your destinations..are they north of you? East? start paying attention to that.

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    OSFG, whenever you are in DFW area, let me know. i would love to get some knowledge from you. i've learned some basics of land nav (beginner basics) and being stationed at bragg i know enough about land nav to know it's the main reason people get washed out of SF.

    by basics of land nav, i know my steps = distance, how to read an azimuth, and how to use a compass. maps, i am terrible with (don't have much hands on experience).

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    Found this thread while browsing the forum. I've had an interest in land/sea nav for many years and agree that it is an essential skill set. I personally don't want to bet my life on the energizer bunny. Thanks to osfg for starting this thread.

 

 
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