Wilderness Enlightenment School

Time, Direction and Distance



The ability to know where your are and how to get to where you would like to be are fundamental skills of not only in the wilderness but in life itself. The success of an individual is based upon this concept, but this cannot be accomplished without the proper tools and the proper knowledge. At all times and in all places hints on how to live a balances life is all around us, and all we have to do to tape into this infinite knowledge is slow down, clear our mind and observe the natural world around us. Once we clear our minds of clutter it is easier to notice the subtleties and change our actions, and as we change our actions it is easier to clear our minds. We are at all times seeking to create a positive upward spiral in a illusionary world that thrives on negative downward spirals.  When we are out and about we do not follow a paper map, because our goal is not to mimic the establish path of others. Instead it is to blaze our own path and create our own map, path and legacy. This applies to the wilderness and life itself.

How to use an analog watch to find direction

  • Hold the watch flat in the palm of your hand
  • Rotate the watch until the hour hand points to the sun
  • Halfway between the hour hand and twelve o’clock is South

The reason that we bisect the time is due to the fact that we are using a watch based on twelve hours. In other words, the hour hand must rotate twice in order to represent a twenty four four day.

Judging Distance

Accurately determining distance in the wilderness is based on two variables that we rarely have together. These two variables are known size and known distance, without the know size of an object we can not quickly determine how far it is it is from our current position. The second variable that is needed is distance because without a known distance we cannot quickly determine the size. If we are looking across a field that is one thousand yards wide and see a tree stump in the middle of the field we will need one variable to determine the other. If we do not know how wide the field is, or have information on the tree stump we cannot accurately guess either. As we began to explore and take on larger and larger challenges, we will see how this becomes important. Another variable that makes judging distance difficult is the mirage and limited visibility due to precipitation ie. fog, rain, snow etc ... When our visibility is limited and we are driven to continue exploring and challenging ourselves we must control those things which are under our control. We must be properly supplied along with being prepared mentally and physically to endure any human errors in judgement. Lastly, If we do not honestly feel that we pack the gear (mental or physical) to complete a trek across harsh terrain under harsh conditions then we must choose a different option. Sometimes that option is to stay put and at other times that option is to "wait it out".


  • Be mindful that we are all hiking our own hike, and living our own life.
  • Nature provide tools that we need, if we only tap into it.
  • Use the technology that you have at hand at your disposal to assist you.
  • Use your intellect to overcome the world around you.
  • Remember that You are a part of Nature and Nature is a part of You

Motto = "Get Out & Stay Out"