John McDouall Stuart
- Apr 29, 2011
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- New England NSW
A few simple tips on navigation: Follow a creek or a river & you will never get lost, PROVIDING you never cross over the creek to the other side! The reason for this is that if you do cross over, on the return trip you may end up following a fork in the creek which will take you in the wrong direction.When out in the serenity of the bush I often found myself interested in identifying and learning more about some of the species of birds. I contacted Birding Australia and they recommended the first 3 field reference books below. If anyone is interested 'Field Guide to Australian Birds' (Complete Compact Edition) by Michael Morcombe is a very comprehensive text, by a well respected author, a few bird watchers recommended. The books helped me identify a Red Wattle Bird recently and I am hoping to spot a Malee Fowl and if possible get a pic for the forum, but I need to improve my navigation skills first!
Keep stopping to look behind you, seeing the same area from a different view can be confusing. You need to be able to recognise your route back.
A compass can keep you on a straight course if you hold it in your hand all the time & pay attention. At night the southern cross can be your guide, & in the morning sunrise in the east.
Keeping a straight line without a compass is done by placing your back against a tree & focusing on a land mark or particular tree in the distance in the direction you wish to travel. When you are getting close to that land mark, again you place your back against a tree & focus on another land mark or particular tree beyond the original one.
Mark your trail. You can either use surveyor's tape or make a mark with a tomahawk or hatchet. I simply mark the bark without cutting into the tree, but make it large & highly visible, & remember, you need to mark both sides of the tree.