Compass Caddy Review

Compass Caddy Review

Here’s a clever little Kickstarter project called the Compass Caddy. It let’s you carry your baseplate compass right on your trekking pole so that it’s easily accessible and ready for navigation while you’re hiking. The Compass Caddy is the brain child of Peter Knight an avid backpacker and hiker from Hadleigh, England. Fits all sizes Peter […]

Help Finding A Watch Strap Compass

Watch Strap Compass

My friends over at ITSTactical recently published a blog post about their search for a high quality watch strap compass to replace the now discontinued Sunnto Clipper. A quick Google search turned up a bunch of alternatives, many of which the readers at ITSTactical have already pointed out via the comments there. As this is […]

Reader Poll: Do you carry a compass?

I’ve written several posts recently about how to use a compass and how even to navigate effectively without a compass. It got me wondering, how many of us carry a compass on a regular basis? I thought I’d conduct a unscientific reader poll to see. Do you always carry a compass with you, only take […]

Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass

For the past few months I’ve been testing the Suunto M-9 wrist compass to see how well it performs out and about on the trails. I was attracted to the M-9 wrist compass because of its size and weight in addition to the fact that it’s a wrist compass that I can wear and always […]

Navigating Without a Compass – Part 3

Navigating Without a Compass - Part 3

This is the third post in my three-part series on navigating without a compass. In part one I described how you can use easily identifiable constellations to locate the north star, Polaris. In part two I showed how you can use an analog watch and the sun to quickly determine North and South. In this […]

Navigating Without a Compass – Part 2

Navigating Without a Compass – Part 2

Using an Analog Watch to Find SouthThis is the second part of a three part series describing easy to remember and reliable ways to accurately navigate without the use of a compass. In part one I described how you can use easily identifiable constellations to locate the north star, Polaris. In this second part I […]

Navigating Without a Compass – Part 1

Navigating Without a Compass - Part 1

This is the first post of a three-part series in which I want to share with you some easy ways to successfully (and accurately) navigate without the aid of a magnetic compass. There are many different and well proven methods of navigating without a compass, but I’m going to focus on the three techniques that […]

Using a Compass – The Basics

Using a compass - the basics

I quite often run into fellow backpackers during my hikes and enjoy chatting with them about where they’re from and what they’re doing, the usual trail chit-chat.  A lot of the time our conversations include discussions about the current hike and conditions along the trail, where to find water and areas to avoid if necessary, […]