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Finding Your Way Back Home

Leaving the hustle and bustle of the city to get back in touch with mother nature is one of the most common reasons we all love the outdoors. The landscape evolves as you venture through dense bushland, rocky mountain ridges and pristine beaches. Sometimes we get so caught up in the wild beauty of the environment that we lose track of where we are headed.

Navigation equipment for hiking and climbing has been specially designed to be compact, lightweight and function flawlessly in an emergency. Numerous adventurers become lost every year due to their lack of preparation and navigation equipment while in the bush. Don’t end up on the national news like these unfortunate travellers and invest in some quality navigation gear from Outdoria today!

How to not get lost

The trusty map is always an essential piece of navigation equipment. However, physical maps can rip, smudge and become lost quite easily, so it is important to bring more than one way to navigate the trail.

  • Usually accompanying a map, the compass is the easiest way to find your way along the track, provided you know how to use one. By being able to triangulate your position, you can estimate your location on the map to make sure you remain en-route.

  • Satellite phones guarantee a working connection with the world back home. Instead of connecting to broadcasting towers like your normal mobile phone, satellite phones utilise overhead, orbiting satellites to transmit your messages.

  • Hiking GPS Units, also known as the Global Positioning System, is a series of satellites that orbit the Earth, which is capable of triangulating your position and providing that information to you through your portable GPS unit. A quality hiking GPS Unit can be powered for hours, is weather and shock resistant and is the ultimate tool for plotting and planning your route. For other types of GPS systems, have a look at our range of 4WD GPS units and Marine GPS units.

  • Personal locator beacons, on the other hand, are only activated in emergency situations. Once triggered, the personal locator sends a distress signal to the command centre, which is relayed to the relevant authorities closest to your position.
  • Binoculars allow you to see way beyond what you eyes can normally view. Being able to estimate your distance from a landmark or see that incoming storm front helps you prepare for the incoming terrain changes well before you reach it.

Preparation is the key to survival

Have a look at our guides to getting lost in the bush while hiking, what to do if your vehicle breaks down in the outback and finding water while in the wild for more survival information before you head out on your next big adventure.

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