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    Re: Navigation - a state of mind?
    From: Bruce J. Pennino
    Date: 2016 Jun 3, 19:38 -0400
    This all reminds me of the one time I was “lost” and got scared.  I was a young “savvy out doors person”  snow shoeing or cross country skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park. With an x military guy . Beautiful winter, blue sky mountain day at 10,000 or 11,000 ft.  Dressed for a winter afternoon  day outing, did not have compass or whistle. Extremely deep snow with all trail signs covered. towering mountains all around.
    Left parking lot at a trailhead, and  away we went. Ski tracks going every direction in new snow, but no one else around! After a brief while I started feeling uneasy, so we “turned around” and headed back. But we could not follow our tracks...too many tracks. Stopped!
    We more or less knew we were only 15 or 20 minutes  from the lot . We marked a tree with something we could see and then systematically went in various compass directions until we reached something we both recognized. Retrieved marker and then went more in “sure “ direction. Again checking somewhat in various directions. Always stayed in sight of each other and “know for sure” point. Stumbled into parking lot after a relatively short  period.  Scary... Probably never more than 30 minutes or 1/2-3/4 mile from lot. Lesson learned!


    From: Ed Popko
    Sent: Friday, June 03, 2016 2:23 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Navigation - a state of mind?

    When helping with Boy Scout Orienteering merit badge work, I was always amazed at how few times Scouts would turn around and see what the view would be when they retrac their path later in the day. Often they were so fixed on where they were headed, getting there, or distracted in chat that they failed to take note of their departure point or any visual cues when looking the opposite direction.

    After drilling it into them a few dozen times, they would finally get it but not without getting lost a few times.

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