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reading some threads here finaly made me screw up the gumption to ask a question i feared would make me look more foolish than i care to look, but here goes.
most of my activities are in the swamps, i aint talking the stuff you see les stroud in with lots of clear ground( or water ) im talking a long line of sight in the dead of winter would be 50 yards at the most and thats rare, spring through fall it would be more like 50 feet.
the way i worked before the days of gps was to just note the bearing required for exit travel and try to make adjustments for variance due to a zig zaging course. i always got back though most times i would be off enough for it to add some mileage but we are walking anyway so no biggie.
my question is this:
in a place like a swamp where everything looks pretty much the same, there is little or no elevation change and almost nothing looks the same leaving as it did when coming in and there is no hill top or any other feature in eye sight to orient to what would be the best method of navigating without gps?
i have found maps to be pretty usless unless i reach a really distinguishable ox bow in the river or maybe a lake, and even then is it the lake i beleive it is always pops to mind.
i sometimes cheat and get a bearing from something i can find on the map that i have a waypoint saved for in my gps and then use the bearing and distance i took from the gps to use my compass and map to find my location but i would really like to rely less on the gps.
in a situation where you cant see anything to take a bearing to is counting steps the only option?
now i am sorry i didnt go to A.I.T.