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Survival expert Mykel Hawke puts the African SunCompass into action while on an excursion out in the field.

Land navigation is a perishable skill. Yet most so-called “survivalists” and survival media seem to avoid the topic like the plague. I get it, I guess. I mean, TV shows and magazines only have so long to grab your attention, and land navigation isn’t exactly the sexiest bushcraft topic. When you compare it with some guy parachuting into a jungle, then ripping the head off an anaconda with his teeth and eating it raw; or a naked couple running through a swamp with pixilated body parts and a spear, navigation comes in a distant second.

The one thing people tend to forget is that if you can’t figure out where you are or where you need to go, you’re leaving your rescue to fate by depending on someone else to find you. You are also lowering your chances of finding all the other survival necessities, such as food, water and shelter.

So, I went through my contacts, searching for people I know who keep up with the latest and greatest navigation gadgets. Soon after putting my feelers out, I got a call from good friend and Green Beret brother Mykel Hawke. He offered to introduce me to Timm Irvine-Smith, a good friend of his who had invented a way to turn a sundial into an instrument he named the African SunCompass. This device uses direct sunlight to easily triangulate your position on a topographical map to within 50 meters and give you a daily GPS fix (latitude and longitude or Military Grid Reference System [MGRS]).

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