WILDERNESS SURVIVAL: How to Use an Analog Wrist Watch as a Compass

Whether you’re lost in the woods or wandering around a city in some 3rd world shit hole, you might need to find your bearings. An ordinary wristwatch can provide the answer. Follow the steps I have listed below to find out how.

You Will Need:

-Matchstick or something similar
-Analog wrist watch

Instructions:

-Northern Hemisphere

1. Holding the watch so the hands are parallel to the ground, point the hour hand toward the sun.

2.Take a matchstick and lay it on the watch face so the head covers the number halfway between the hour hand and the number 12

3.The match head is pointing south, and the other end points north.

4.If your watch is set to daylight saving time, use the number 1 as a reference point instead of 12.

Southern Hemisphere:

1.Holding the watch so the hands are parallel to the ground, point the number 12 toward the sun.

2.Take a matchstick and lay it on the watch face so the head covers the number halfway between the number 12 and the hour hand.

3.The match head is pointing north.

4.If your watch is set to daylight saving time, use the number 1 as a reference point instead of 12.

~Tom “Tomahawk” M
Correspondent – Wilderness Survival
Tom is a US Army Veteran  (Scout Platoon , Pathfinder, Parachute Rigger, Cav Scout and Infantryman) and former International Civilian Contractor who has worked and lived in Africa and the Middle East. Tom is also a former wilderness instructor for several US and East Asian wilderness schools and has probably taken every wilderness survival course offered between 1980 and 2000. He spends his off times in Thailand Pubs telling drunken “I was there” story’s to impressed tourists.

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  1. Good info Tom. See you soon!

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