Thursday, February 03, 2011

Outdoor Skill: Estimating Distance with a Compass

Here's a handy technique I'd like to try next time I'm in the woods: Measure Distance with a standard Compass.

By using two known angles, and a reference distance, you're just a little trigonometry away from knowing how far away a point is. Or, more succinctly:

distance = (Tan (90 - (A -B))) x Ref

Finally, a reason to carry my cell phone (which has a calculator on it) when I go on a hike.


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