Making Ranger Beads For Land Navigation
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Problems with a Pocket Compass
In general they are not poorly accurate. And not so reliable in some cases. They may be used for generic direction of North and South, but the dangers of using a pocket compass is that you will have up to a ten degree span distance of error over great distances from that of your desired direction as the bearings are not precise.
In order to sidestep this some you will have to aim to the right or left of the object and use that as your bearing while leaving your true bearing to the left or right of this so that when you arrive toward that area you turn right or left to deliberately offset this. However, the further you are from your desired destination the more larger your aim must be to the right or left to keep from missing it. But mind you, these compasses where not designed to be precise measuring tools.
LAND NAVIGATION COURSE:
Check out the first 2 lessons of our 7 lesson course in Land Navigation to get a taste of what's to come in the courses we are developing and other courses we will offer as well later. These courses are based around the layout and structure of Mors Kochanski's Grand Syllabus Instructor Trainee Program. We will soon in the near future begin offering courses on first aid, fire craft, shelters, cutting tools, setting up your personal gear, wild animal behavior, and much more. These courses are free for anyone who is interested in learning these skills, We are in the process of creating these courses and are excited about launching this soon so stay tuned!
Title: Lesson 1 The Compass
1-1. Understand the function of a Lensatic compass and its make up
1-2. Understand what is Magnetic North, and Grid North.
1-3. Understanding why we use the UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator Zone Chart)
1-4. Understand what is map scale is and why there is a difference in maps
1-5. Understanding the colors used on a map
1-6. Understanding a maps layout and structure 1-7. Understanding the declination chart
1-8. Understand when Magnetic North must be converted into Grid North
1-9. Understand how to orientate your compass to read Grid North
Title: Lesson 2 The Grid
2-1. Understand how to read grid coordinates
2-2. Understand what a 4 digit, 6 digit and 8 digit coordinate are 2-3. Understanding the difference between Magnetic North, True North and Grid North.
2-4. Understanding an azimuth
2-5. Understanding Terrain Features
2-6. Understand the difference between magnetic azimuth, and grid azimuth.
2-7. Understand how to plot a grid azimuth and know how to convert it into magnetic azimuth
2-8. Understand how to plot a magnetic azimuth
LESSON 4 - DETERMINING YOUR LOCATION
4-1. Understand how to locate your position when you have lost your orientation and how to find your location on a map using land feature identification.
4-2. Understand how to use a two point resections
4-3. Understand how to use a one-point resection, True North and Grid North.
4-4. Identify the five steps for navigating using terrain association
4-5. Understanding the term “dead reckoning”
4-6.. Identify how navigate using dead reckoning
LESSON 5 - NIGHT NAVIGATION (COMING SOON!!!)
5-1. Understand how to use a compass at night.
5-2. Understand how to select the appropriate land marks for navigating at night.
5-3. Understand how to properly choose which direction you need to turn and bezel ring and how many clicks are needed for the azimuth you have selected for night travel.
5-4. Understand how to use the stars in order to dictate time
LESSON 6 - UNKNOWN TERRAIN (COMING SOON!!!)
6-1. Understand how create a self mapped out area of your movement through the use of your pace-count, compass and other tools.
6-2. Learn how explore about, and yet maintain your current location as well as the where about’s of unknown land markers and or land features.
6-3. Understand how triangulate a distance unknown and calculate the unknown distance
6-4. Understand how bodies appear at ranges and different distances
6-5. Understanding how to track your distance and always know your location using your pace count and an accurate azimuth and without using a map
Land Navigation Course Material:
The Full course material coming soon! Our course material will be downloadable, free and will bring you an exhaustive learning manual that goes right along with the videos. We are working hard to get this finished so stay tuned for the link to be made available! Once all the videos are finished for each course we make the full downloadable version will available with all lessons put together.