Have you ever been lost? I mean really lost as in not having any idea where you are beyond some general vague notion that you are somewhere in this part of your state? It’s a scary feeling.
Now, if you’re like most people, you’re likely not overly worried about getting lost. After all, most people live in areas of some population where getting lost is not an issue, and, if they do get turned around, they can just pull up a map program with GPS on their smartphone.
But how would you feel if you were out in the woods and your smartphone battery dies? What would you do then?
Well, if you’ve taken a little time to be prepared, you don’t panic. You pull out a compass. If you don’t have a compass handy, you pull out the next best thing to figure our your direction: an analog watch (Sometimes, survival is not about the fancy gadgets but about practical use of simple things that you already have on hand.).
Yes, it’s true, an analog watch can be used with a compass if you can get an idea of where the sun is and the time of day (so, no, this won’t work underground. Sorry.).
First of all, you have to remember that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. So, if you know that it is in the morning hours, you know that the sun is in the East. Conversely, if it is late afternoon, the sun will be more towards the western part of the sky.
For the purpose of this example, let’s assume that it is around 10:00 in the morning. As the sun is in the East, you’ll want to point the 3:00 time setting on your analog watch towards the sun. You will then know that the 12:00 time on your analog watch will give you a general idea of which direction is North. From this information, assuming that you know which direction that you need to go, you can begin to move in the direction in which lies your destination.
Conversely, in late afternoon, you’ll want to point the 9:00 time setting on your watch towards the sun, and, in this way, the 12:00 time setting will still give you a good idea of which way is North.
Hopefully, you’ll then have an idea of which direction will take you to your destination so that you can get to a place of safety.