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Old 07-04-2010, 07:05 PM
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Re: Turning around.....could save your life.

My Dad taught me this been looking behind me for about 40 years now...
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:46 PM
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Re: Turning around.....could save your life.

Good info slymule. thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:25 AM
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Re: Turning around.....could save your life.

Very sound advice. I rarely carried a compass when I lived in CO, or even KY. Just turned alot and stayed "fixed" to known landmarks.

But then I moved to the Adirondacks. Up here, you can turn 360, 720, even 1080, and your view isn't necessarily going to change. In fact, turn enough and you just might disorient yourself.

This has happened to me an led to some self-embarrassment after 25 years in the backcountry:

I once left a known trail in the Adirondacks while tracking some game. 100yds in, I was hopelessly lost! Even the GPS was misleading me. I didn't trust my senses, at least at first, because everything looked the same - in every direction. Fortunately, my sense of direction got me back to the known trail. I'm the only one who was the wiser, until now, of course. But, for a few uncomfortable minutes, I knew what it was like to not really know which way was home.

So, Please do it all. Maps, compass, GPS, turn around - even cheat if you have to.. Not sure how you cheat, but the point is always stay oriented and cognizant of your surroundings in the backcountry!

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Old 08-08-2010, 11:15 AM
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Re: Turning around.....could save your life.

Been in the Adirondack mountains and know what you mean...and it is big. They are contained within the 6.1 million acres of the Adirondack Park and is the largest park and the largest state-level protected area in the contiguous US. Also the largest National Historic Landmark. The park's land area's about the size Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Great Smokey Mountains combined.

And most people think NY is just one big city and New Yorkers are just a bunch of city slickers. Go a few miles north of NYC and it can get pretty lonely.
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:54 AM
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Re: Turning around.....could save your life.

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Been in the Adirondack mountains and know what you mean...and it is big. They are contained within the 6.1 million acres of the Adirondack Park and is the largest park and the largest state-level protected area in the contiguous US. Also the largest National Historic Landmark. The park's land area's about the size Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Great Smokey Mountains combined.

And most people think NY is just one big city and New Yorkers are just a bunch of city slickers. Go a few miles north of NYC and it can get pretty lonely.

I always chuckle at the notion expressed in your last line, even though I was guilty of the same before coming here.

I've always been impressed with the heartiness of the "mountainmen" I've had the pleasure of meeting from the Adirondacks. While, you don't have the absolute elevation found in the western US mountains, the remoteness, thick timber, heavy, wet snow, fog and bugs can be extremely challenging.

It's all good stuff, though, no matter where you are. With that, I guess I've introduced myself to the rest of the site.

Sorry, for the digression, now back to....Turning Around
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:59 AM
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Re: Turning around.....could save your life.

Bearwalk, sorry didn't notice you were a new member. Glad to have you here.
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:48 AM
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Re: Turning around.....could save your life.

Great advise. But as I get older, my brain can digest all that data. When i was young I didn't have too much trouble . Does any one bother to pay attension to your own foot print or track ? Could you identify your own track? Your sons or friends?
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