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3 Ways to Find North Without a Compass

By on July 2, 2013

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These 3 ways could come in handy one day and might just save someones life

The first way to find north is using an Analog Watch. First thing you need an analog watch set to the correct time; if it has been adjusted for Daylight Savings set it back an hour

 

step1

 

In the Northern Hemisphere:

Point the hour hand (the little one) at the sun 

Imagine there is a line down the middle of the angle between the hour hand and the 12 o clock mark

The line down the middle of the angle is pointing South; so the opposite direction is North

 

In the Southern Hemisphere:

Point the 12 o clock mark at the sun

Imagine there is a line down the middle of the angle between the 12 o clock mark and the hour hand

The line down the middle of the angle is pointing North

 

The second way is using the Using the Shadow Tip Method

 

step2

 

Take a stick and place it upright so you can see its shadow; the taller the stick the better
Make sure the shadow is on clear, level ground
Mark the ground at the edge of the shadow with something small like a pebble
Wait 10 or 15 minutes then mark the edge of the shadow again
Make a straight line between the two marks; this is a rough East-West line
The first mark is the West mark and the second mark is the East mark

 

The third and final way is going to be Using Two Sticks at Night:

step 3

 

Lie down and drive one stick into the ground at eye level
Drive a second, taller stick into the ground behind it so that the tips of the sticks line up with a bright star
Watch the star for a few minutes; if it seems to move

Up you are facing East

Down you are facing West

Right you are facing South

Left you are facing North

 By M3G

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