This cool tip will help you figure out which way is which the next time you’re lost in the woods!

Now clearly, if you’re a regular reader of OttawaOutdoors you’re not getting lost in the woods, but just in case, here’s how you do it:

  1. Find a stick
  2. Jam it in the ground
  3. Drop a rock at the top of the shadow the stick casts
  4. Wait 30 minutes
  5. Drop another rock at the top of the shadow again (’cause, it’s moved)
  6. All done! The first rock is pointing west, the second rock is pointing east!
How to Find East and West with a Stick

If you ever find yourself in a sticky navigational situation, grab a stick.

Posted by Field & Stream on Friday, May 17, 2019

I’ve known this trick for ages but have never actually tried it, and am curious if it works just as well in our high latitudes here in Canada as it might further south.

Use a stick, two rocks and the sun to find your direction.

Anyone tried this around here with success/failure? Let us know in the comments 🙂

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