- Jan 18, 2020
I’ve always carried a compass but even if I know my truck in north I have to take other ways to get to the truck. If I followed a line north I could end up in some briers or thick crap and be stuck. Compass is great but looking for something more accurate than the phone.i've posted this a few other places in the past day or so, but highly reccomend everyone follow @rambotogo's advice and buy a compass. then practice with it and know the heading you need to walk out before you need to know it. my phone is failing, and saturday night after dark it dropped from 40 to 1% battery suddenly. i didn't panic because i had both a battery backup and two compasses on me ( i know.... overkill, but i'm home safe!). when the phone was giving up the ghost, i quickly pulled out my carabiner compass (attached to my keys so i always have it) and compared headings. when i moved my phone, the gps would swing, and "fix" on a new north that varied up to 20 degrees in either direction from true magnetic north. not sure if this was tree cover of gps failing with low battery or jsut the phone being a POS in general (come on pixel 6 launch...) i then put my phone in my pocket to charge with the battery, verified my first compass with my second one, and then walked out on the bearing that i knew would lead me back to the path to my car. i've done this a bunch and knew i had multiple backups but it was still not a comfortable situation, all it takes is one drop of the phone or misstep when climbing to crack it and then you may be stuck in the woods with nothing except waiting for the sun to come up to tell you which direction to walk, and then only if you know which direction your vehicle is.
i suppose i'm joining the safety police, @kyler1945 can i have a trainee badge or something?