Using a watch for finding direction

October 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Trail Boss Outdoor Tips

Using an analog watch for finding direction can only be used if the watch is set to standard time (with no daylight saving).  In the Northern hemisphere, hold the watch flat and point the hour hand towards the Sun.  Now bisect the angle between the hour hand and the 12 on your watch to give you a North-South line.

In the Southern Hemisphere, hold the watch dial and point the number 12 towards the sun.  The line that bisects the angle between the hour hand and the 12 is the North-South line.  Note that this method will become less accurate the nearer you are to the equator.



2 Comments on "Using a watch for finding direction"

  1. Axel on Sun, 28th Mar 2010 8:43 AM 

    does this work at nite too? In arctic places the sun is allways up in the summer!

  2. John Broekhuizen on Sun, 28th Mar 2010 6:19 PM 

    No not at night, it will work in the arctic even though it stays light the sun still moves in the sky

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