Survival Navigation Techniques

a. Navigator.

(1) Employ a navigation method.

(2) Find the cardinal direction.

(3) Pick a steering mark in the desired direction of travel.

b. Maintain a Log. The possibility may arise when you will not have a map of the area. A log will decrease the chance of walking in circles.

(1) Construction.

(a) Use any material available to you i.e., paper, clothing, MRE box, etc.

(b) Draw a field sketch annotating North, prominent terrain features, and friendly/enemy position.

(2) Maintenance.

(a) Annotate distance traveled, elevation gained and lost, and cardinal directions.

(b) Maintain and update field sketch as movement progresses.

(c) Ensure readability of your field sketch. (i.e.; don't clutter the sketch so much that it can't be read.)

c. During Movement Constantly Refer To.

(2) Steering marks.

d. Actions If You Become Lost.

(1) Immediate action

(a) Orient your sketch. This will probably make your mistake obvious.

(2) Corrective action

(a) Backtrack using steering marks until you have determined the location of your error.

(b) Re-orient your sketch.

(c) Select direction of travel and continue to march.

REFERENCE:

3. David Seidmond, The Essential Wilderness Navigator, 1995.

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