Do You Have A Good Sense Of Direction?

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  1. WildSpirit

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    Geographically speaking, having a sense of direction is something exceptional, ins't it?

    I'm so bad when the subject is "sense of direction", that if I had a good sense of direction I would consider it as some kind of super power. :D Seriously, I'm very bad with this. I'm terrible at using maps / plotting routes and I'm totally dependent on GPS (by the way, thank you very much to whoever invented this)!

    What can you say about your sense of direction? :p
     
  2. Keith H.

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    Having a sense of direction means that you don't get turned around. You know the direction you came from so you can turn around & walk back out again. I don't think this is so much one of the senses as just someone who pays attention to their surroundings. You pay attention to the lie of the land, & you keep track of the direction you are travelling in so that you do not walk round in circles.
    Keith.
     
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    I think I react that way because I get nervous easily when I get lost :confused:... However, your response makes everything seem so easy. :rolleyes: For a few moments I could see a light at the end of the tunnel... Thanks for that, dude! :D
     
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  4. Scarlet

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    I felt scared when I'm lost especially when I don't know if I'm in the right track to my destination. Another scary fcator is if there is no people around or no houses nearby wherein I can easily ask about direction.
     
  5. Keith H.

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    Getting scared like this leads to panic which leads to getting lost even more which can be dangerous. This is why you need to be prepared when you go anywhere like this. You need to settle down, make camp, have a good meal & relax. You will think better that way & you may hear or see something whilst you are relaxing that will help you find your way.
    Keith.
     
  6. iamawriter

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    If this means literally finding one's way then I do not have a good sense of direction. I get lost easily and this could be because I depend on others who are with me to reach where we want to. If it is about where I want to go in my life I am quite grounded.
     
  7. RosieCheeks

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    I have very weak sense of direction. I know it`s a rather big problem. Especially it`s dangerous if it goes about unknown places and foreign countries. Therefore I prefer never travel on my own.I can easily get lost.
     
  8. Colorado Prepper

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    I'm kinda weird when it comes to my internal compass. I can navigate to almost every major city in the US without a map, just using highway numbers and educated guestimations. But you get me turned around in a city, and I'm lost. Heck, I've been lost in suburbia neighborhoods on foot before and ended up walking in circles for hours. I'm your guy for long trips, but when we get close, time to pull out the GPS or city map.
     
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  9. Morgan101

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    My sense of direction is quite good. I seldom get lost, and if I do I am not far from where I expected to be. I couldn't put my finger on any specific reason why. I do enjoy looking at maps, and I have spent an inordinate amount of time in my career trying to find things be it a new customer or supplier. I have traveled extensively, so this always made me aware of my surroundings, and cognizant of where I was going. North, South, East, West don't confuse me.

    My wife, on the other hand, could get lost in the driveway. She never knows what direction she is going, and has no concept of North, South, East, West. You have to tell her "turn right" or "turn left". Go North might as well be Chinese. She has no clue what that means.

    I don't know if this is a blessing or a curse. I am a typical, hard-headed man. " I'm not lost. I am in Missouri. " I am not above asking for directions, but that is probably a last resort. I think being hard-headed makes me work harder or concentrate more to figure it out. Maybe I am just trying to justify being hard-headed. Guilty as charged.
     
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  10. poltiregist

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    When I was about 5 years old I got lost in a remote tract of land called the "DEVILS BACK BONE " .Sixty years later it's still probably the largest and most remote places in the state of Mississippi .Then my grandparents were one of the few residents of that area . They basically just lived off the land and went to town with their horse and wagon to get basic supplies once a month . I was terrified to be lost there . I lucked up ,it was deer season and a deer hunter found me . That episode haunted me for years but overcame that event . Later in life I became a professional woodsman , roaming the woods working for the Mississippi Forestry Commission . One of the areas that I frequented was the DEVIL's BACKBONE . I developed a very good sense of direction for that part of the globe . Something I have noticed , put me in a different spot on the globe and my sense of direction turns bad . I read somewhere the natural magnetic field of the earth has something to do with sense of direction .
     
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  11. TexDanm

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    I don't seem to get lost. I think that it is in part because I nearly always know where North is. There are a lot of clues and at some point or to some extent I think that I am just aware. I know the stars and how they move so if I can see the sky I know east-west and north-south at a somewhat unconscious level. In most places at night, there is usually a brighter point in the distance where a town or city is. The last thing that I always do before entering a forest that I am not familiar with is look at my compass. maybe at some level, I keep up with my twists and turns. Maybe I am like a homing pigeon. All I know is that even at night in a dark thick forest I can always just turn and walk back to the place where I started. Usually, even if I had meandered a lot I can turn and go straight back not backtracking but a direct route to where I came in.

    I think that people that spend a LOT of time in the woods develop this awareness to some extent. There is nothing special about it really it is just experience and a certain mindset to actually take notice of where you are going and what is around you.

    After reading some of the responses again I want to add that part of it has to do with the comfort factor. When I enter the woods it is like coming home for me to some extent. If you get nervous it is harder for you to focus. I always am prepared to spend the night if I have to. I don't care....I even would say that I like sleeping in the woods. If I get tired I'll take a nap and worry about getting out later.
     
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  12. pacmantacman

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    I generally do well. However I was in Delhi recently and with the smog and pollution, and being in a totally new environment, I found my sense of direction was nonexistent.

    I carry two button compasses when I travel and occasionally I would check them, in an attempt to orientate myself over time. It didn’t help! I felt at the mercy of my compasses or more realistically being pointed in the right direction by locals.
     
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  13. TexDanm

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    I ran into that in the swamps of deep south Louisiana. Even when I stopped and asked for directions it did no good. Seriously, being told to take a right at the road after Aunt Tilly's barn did not help at all. Also while he was telling me this he was waving his hands in all directions and speaking a Cajun mix of French, English and something else.

    I was raised in Cajun country but this guy at this filling station in the swamps on a highway that was just the top of a levy running sort of towards Thibideaux was a whole different thing. Everywhere you look was Cypress swamp and you might see an almost new car parked on the side of the road and then look out into the swamp and see a house with a cypress Pirogue "canoe or dugout log" tied to a dock under the house.
     
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  14. Old Geezer

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    "Do You Have A Good Sense Of Direction?"

    yes
     
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  15. lonewolf

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    not really, that's why I carry a compass.
    however I do know my area very well and post SHTF wont be going far.
     
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    I have a good sense of direction and an excellent memory for places but both of these skills can be defeated by shifting desert or snowy conditions, just when not getting lost becomes critical. For this reason I also carry maps and a compass (and GPS a lot of the time as well)
    I plan my journeys to include a series of waypoints or rest stops. These rest stops not only act as fixed points to check my navigation by but also an opportunity to consult the map for the next stage of the journey.
     
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    I got lost in the woods many years ago, since then i always keep an eye on where i am and where i am going. also it is important to look behind you because things look very different coming out of the wood than they did going in. i sat down with a compass and a map many years ago and learned how to use both. it is really not that hard . when i go for a long trip in the wood if i do not have a map of that area i record my travels on paper such as i walked for example one hour at a heading of 150 degrees then turned to a heading of 270 degrees ect . also keep an eye on the sun just to have another reference of direction
     
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    I have an excellent sense of direction. I learned dead reckoning as a teen studying for my private pilot's license before my eyes decided to go bad. I also used to do orienteering games with several friends as a kid.
     
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    Orienteering has always been on my bucket list. Maybe when I retire I would love to take some classes. a very useful skill.
     
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    It is a lot of fun too. The best part is to get dropped off in the middle of nowhere with a topo map, a compass and a watch then find your way to the rally point. Man I miss those days.
     
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