Before the GPS there was the compass. Before the compass was cartography. But even before man had maps and navigational aids, he was using nature to navigate. The Greeks, Vikings, Polynesians, and other exploring cultures of centuries past used natural clues provided by the sun, moon, stars, wind, plants, and animals to plot their routes and conquer unexplored territories.
This practice is known as natural navigation, or the ability to use nature’s clues for direction and navigation without the assistance of modern instruments.
Though modern times rarely warrant the need for such skills, taking the time to learn some of the basics could determine whether or not you make it out alive and survive when SHTF.
Let’s take a look at a few basic methods of natural navigation, that will help you identify a general direction of N, S, E, or W. More specific direction will require familiarity with your territory and/or access to a navigational aid.