How to Navigate Wilderness Areas : How to Use Moving Water to Navigate


Hi this is John Stewart and this is how to
use moving water to find your direction. If you get lost and you need to find a way, you
can look for water. Moving water is better to find that than just still water. If you
can find moving water, it normally flows in a southern direction. This doesn’t always
pertain to smaller creeks and tributaries, but you need to find a bigger body of water.
Your big rivers, bigger lakes, they normally drain in a southern location. So if you can
find fast moving water, you know that it’s going to flow at a southern direction. This
can help you also to find north, east, and west by just knowing where south is. Ways
to find this is by getting at an elevated area, and looking downward. If you get around
some mountains you can find a valley. Most of the time the bottom of valleys there’s
moving water because all rain and stuff drains down into the basin at the bottom of the valley.
And then rushes south, okay. So if you can find a valley that’s a good thing, find small
bodies of water, creeks, tributaries. These things all are going to flow into larger bodies
of water. And at that point they begin to flow south. And that’s how you use moving
water to find your way.

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