- Jul 16, 2016
Hmm. And how do you know it will take to a true bearing? To the degree? I’m not putting a $100 compass in a remagnetizer. It’s going back to the manufacture and coming back calibrated to the degree.Actually they do and if they are here asking questions they are smart enough to google how to recalibrate it. I don’t think it’s out of anyone’s scope. You can magnetize a sewing needle right? Well by recalibrating I mean re-magnetize the needle in the compass to get it pointing to correct magnetic north direction. Without basic knowledge how to use these tools i agree would be some what if a lost cause but it’s not rocket science.
I guess we have sort of high jacked the thread from the OPs actual question so I leave it at that. Anyone curious or have any questions I’d be happy to help them with the subject of map and compass or emergency medicine feel free to PM or start a thread for that purpose.
It’s not rocket science, and I believe people should know it, but it’s not a willy nilly thing either. Sourcing maps that work with certain protractors or vice versa is not even easy. Plotting points, is one thing, where you plot points is another thing.
Sometimes you have to go the best way, not the direct way to avoid dangerous terrain. There was a young man a few years ago, prior Army combat engineer, who worked for AZ congressman’s office regarding the VA I believe, who went on a trip with his wife in Death Valley. Blew 2 tires on an Subaru ( first mistake) and after days of camping by the car made movement with a map to a place where they thought they could get cell signal. They got to a point where they couldn’t climb out and it was too steep to go down. You’ll hear this term in SAR as “cliffed out.” He slipped, fell and died after hitting his head on the way down. His wife jumped after him. Tragedy.
It happens, and he knew what he was doing. So yes. It’s outside the scope until you have the training first and experience to match. Bringing all this **** doesn’t make anyone anymore capable.
My point still stands for the AED and all that’s stuff.