Where Am I?

Wilderness Navigation

Finding your way using Map, Compass, Altimeter and GPS

By Bob and Mike Burns

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Navigation has to be one of the most important things to learn and understand before exploring the outdoors. Living in an age where technology rules everything I think it is far to easy to get lazy and rely solely on electronic equipment such as phones and GPS’s when heading into the bush.

When it came time for myself to further develop my navigational skills past the point of just reading North, South, East and West on a compass I carried out some research which lead me to the book; Wilderness Navigation by Bob and Mike Burns. This book had a lot of positive reviews and after reading it for myself would have to agree. It has a lot of valuable info on equipment, topographical map types, co-ordinate systems and more. One of the great parts of this book are the map reading exercises near the end which get you to practice reading terrain and finding where you are using what you have just read and learnt.  Having interactive examples really helps retain the information and it turns it from theoretical info into practical tools.

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“Father-and-son team Bob Burns and Mike Burns, have decades of professional experience teaching navigation, map and compass, and GPS skills through The Mountaineers and other outdoor education centres.”

Contents of the book

  1. Map Basics
  2. Compass Basics
  3. Orientation with Map and Compass
  4. Navigation with Map and Compass
  5. Lost!
  6. More about Maps
  7. More about Compass and Geomagnetism
  8. The Altimeter
  9. The Global Positioning System
  10. Wilderness Route Finding

This book is an invaluable tool for anyone heading out into the bush, and I would recommend it as a strong starting point in the journey of Wilderness Navigation.

Thanks for reading

Mat

High Range Outdoors SR20V2

 

“The SR20 is well suited to a range of uses from a day pack to assault pack, lightweight overnighter to a bushcraft workhorse” High Range Outdoors.

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Standard pack, perfect as a daypack

High range outdoors is an Australian Company making quality, tested well thought out equipment. Jump on their website to have a look at some of there other gear. Another point to make is their customer service being second to none. When I had questions about the SR20V2 prior to purchase they rang me on more than one occasion to discuss what I was after and ensure I was getting exactly what I wanted installing me in great confidence about what they made and what they were about.

 

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Comfortable Straps, utilises an internal plastic sheet frame

Some of its features:

Hard wearing 500D Cordura Milspec

Molle webbing on sides and front

Adjustable shoulder straps

Full-length side sleeve pockets

Internal hydration sleeve

Double layer base

Removable compression straps

Bottom attachment loops

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Roll top closure

With all that molle the customising possibilities are endless. I originally purchased two additional side pouches for more carrying capacity and can easily hold 1L canteens with nesting cups plus extra gear. Recently adding 2 of the Quick pouch cargo 8 DP’s to my arsenal for even more carrying capacity during the colder months. These pouches have a quick clip system and can be speedily detached in the field and turned into a small daypack for scouting around camp. Utilising either of these pouch setups or a combination of both allow for many different carrying systems/volumes catering to many different carrying scenarios. Or just use the pack solely on its own as a daypack!

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SR20V2 with side pouches fitted. Note these are not the Quick pouch cargo 8 DP’s

To say I am happy with my SR20V2 is an understatement. It is great to see some Australian made equipment that is well and truly worth the investment. High range outdoors is in the process of designing some new gear, which I am hanging out to see.

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If you want to know more jump onto highrangeoutdoors.com.au and have a look at all their products. They also have a lot of instructional videos on their YouTube channel high range outdoors describing many of their products and their features.

Get out there,

Mat

Outback Survival Bob Cooper

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“The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain” Bob Cooper

Hopefully I never find myself in a survival situation.  Any form of outdoor adventure can carry some form of danger or potential for things to go wrong.  Being prepared could be the difference between life or death and anything you know no matter how small could be that difference.

A lot of my adventures in Australia see me exploring alone.  I always carry a First Aid Kit, a separate Snake Bite Kit and a PLB (personal locator beacon).  When I was researching information on survival situations most of what I found was based over seas mainly in America.  That led me to Bob Coopers book titled Outback Survival.  Bob Cooper is one of Australia’s leading survival experts, he has written an excellent book which covers; survival kits, finding water and shelter, bush tucker, snakes and spiders, dealing with fear and more.

Part 1: My Story is the beginning of the book and has some great stories on Bob’s experiences with survival situations and SAS training and I found it a very interesting read.  Bob is definitely a very talented man and has some great experience in the outback.  Part2: Outback survival goes on to cover all the different areas of survival including; Control, The Big 5, Dehydration, Finding water, Fire, Shelter, Distress Signals, Navigation, Snake bites and stings and much more.

Outback Survival by Bob Cooper contains a lot of hugely valuable information all relevant to Australia and I think anybody venturing into the wilderness should have some knowledge of survival situations and what to do in the event of.  I highly recommend this book for all persons that venture outdoors as a refresher or as new knowledge as I feel it is invaluable to be prepared for any situation that may arise.  Outback Survival is well written and easy to read, Bob Cooper has done an amazing job.

Thanks for reading

Mat