Our long time member Tirademan (R.I.P. Scott McClean) compiled this extensive archive of Sasquatch related newspaper articles and donated it to the BFF before his passing. The earliest articles in this collection are from 1818 in Florida, 1877 (Australia), 1884 (Canada) and 1764 (Europe).
Triangulating your position by being atop a mountain of elevated area with a view is classic way to know where you are and where you need to go. Some areas of the country don't offer elevated areas by which to do so or the summit will be without a view. At that point, navigation by map and terrain association is the method I'll choose.
I ran across this article on an internet search some years ago and it is the best discussion I've read about land navigation and terrain association:
A good idea. One Spring I got fooled by a creek for a couple of seconds because it was bigger because of the Spring rains. Then I saw that it was flowing the wrong way and so was just a swollen feeder. I crossed it and kept going until I reached the one I was aiming for. It does help greatly when you know your area of research that's for sure. An up to date topo is worth its weight in gold but on the ground seasonal changes can and sometime do give moments to pause and think.
As an update to the SRN? The meeting I was working on for this past weekend didn't materialize. Couple of folks had stuff come up and the rest didn't check in after the notification. So.....called off. I will try again and hope that people's schedules will settle down some to maybe get together. Like I said it is going to take time and patience- and I am willing to give both. I may even run the ad again.
Your right in theory. And I have used Ranger beads and taken nav courses. The problem in the PacNW is obstacles. If your crawling through vine maple its hard to keep a pace count. You start guessing.... And its ridiculously hard just to shoot an azimuth and follow it. Its not as easy as hitting an obstacle turn 90 degrees East walk 100 steps, turn north walk how may steps it is to clear the obstacle and then turn 90 degrees West and walk another 100 steps and wallah your back on your route of march. The shit is just thick and steep and you squeeze through where you can and hope for the best. Its hard to keep track.
Supposedly lots of patrols got lost in the Nam for this very reason, and paid a hefty price when they tried to call in arty shields against the enemy.
The best one to know in the PacNW is trianglation. If you know your declination and you know the local peaks. Climb to a overlook and shoot two azimuths to each known peak from your position. Draw the same degree lines on your map off of each peak and where the two lines intersect on the map is where you are standing.
Caenus, I think you should start a thread just on land navigation. Maybe it will help save a Bigfoot researchers life someday.
Terrain association is one of the best ways to navigate if the area you are in has even subtle streams, rises, hills, or flat areas. It helps to utilize other means as well as ranger beads which will provide a reasonable measure of distance. A lot goes out the door when the area is thick with blow down or flooded areas not indicated on the map.
Wilderness navigation is much like a carpenter who utilizes many tools. There is the favorite tool and there are other ones designed to refine, help out when one breaks, or ceases to be useful. Map first, compass second, and last on the totem pole is GPS.
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