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Basic Land Navigation (Simplified)

Basic Land Navigation (Simplified)

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  1. This is extremely helpful. You have explained this clearly and is easy to understand even for a complete noob like myself. Your other lessons and reviews are also very well done. It is good to have this material presented by a reliable and experienced source. Subscribed.

  2. You took me back to my military days brother. I love the militant style of teaching, straight forward and to the point minus all the bullshit. I would love to see more videos of land navi. You say there are tens of thousands of videos on this subject matter but substance, clarity and quality beats quantity any day of the week. Look forward to learning and/or refreshing what I already know. GOOD STUFF!

  3. I must be honest. The first few videos of yours I watched, I thought you are a very dry personality. I didnt really care for your type of teaching. As I ran across more videos, I found myself really learning alot from you. I am now a subscriber, and watch regularly. I recommend your channel to my preparing friends. Lots of great knowledge, keep doing what you do!

  4. i just hit the like, subscribe and notofication bell on after 9 months after this vidoe was released😁😁..late but never been sorry..👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  5. It has been over 50 years since I joined the military and VN 65- 66. Unsettled about the country and the 'Left'. Would like some refreshers on Basic Patrolling, Danger Zones, etc. in case I find myself passing along long-forgotten knowledge and experiences to a much younger generation.

  6. Thanks so much, I'll need to watch it a few times and practice, but these are life saving skills you are providing, thanks man!

  7. Well, I just subscribed and I'm very glad you are covering this because I want to learn how to navigate. I trust a military man more than I do others. Thank you so much for this and thank you for your service.
    My dad taught jumpschool at Ft Benning Ga.

  8. You were very informative in your video. I have always wanted to know exactly how the compass was used and you answered that. Thank you for your video.

  9. This was the best compass tutorial for myself yet, bearing and azimuth
    made sense and I understand it better now, Thank you .

  10. Good stuff Cpl. I did land nav many, many moons ago when I was in the USMC…..still have my lensatic compass. I still remember a lot of what I learned, but it's nice to brush up on things by watching your videos.

  11. <<<<< I have watched,And watched video on learning how to red a compass Yours is the easy's and best I have seen so fare and now i do understand how to read them!!

  12. Ha! Gear adrift is indeed a gift. I have to say that your teaching style works better for me than most so, yeah the subject matter is covered by many channels however, your teaching style is outstanding and works across a broad spectrum of students. A middle aged guy like me and my 5 year old son can watch and learn. Keep up the great work. BZ

  13. Great job Marine. IMHO, cut the first minute,it’s not needed. If you got it (and you do) people will show up.

  14. You did a great job with this! Fascinating, very important and find your personal style of mentoring the most effective compared to the many other sources I've seen. I'd greatly appreciate seeing more, especially to include relationship of Map & Compass use! Thanks so much #1 and as always, Blessings from Oregon! … Mike.

  15. I absolutely loved your explanation. Not sure how a person knows they have walked 100 meters? Each person would have a different stride? Right? I am not stupid but other videos …. just did not get it. They talked like you know all the primary stuff but what if you don’t? You were very clear even if you thought it was elementary it was a lights on for me. In addition, why dont you use feet instead of meters?

  16. I'm a new sub… watched and noticed when performing pace count… you stepped with your dominate during your demonstration first, just to note my OCD picked this up. Either way great explanation on compass and the use of pace beads. Side note… should include mentioning to packing a weight similar to your approximate carrying weight for your trip to get a more accurate estimation for pace like your previous video in May 2016.

  17. Yea corporal rangers lead the way must of the people I know can't read compass heck they can't read a road map so you keep it coming its valuable intel your giving out I do appreciate your time and effort thank you

  18. Can't I just take Corporal with me on my hikes and let him do the navigation in exchange for some gorp? Seriously, thanks for keeping it simple for stupids (me). Looking forward to the follow-ups.

  19. Good information corporal. This works on flat mostly open terrain. Very basic and a good for beginners. I hope you had enough responses to go further into more advance land navigation.
    One reminder though, when you explained how to navigate around the terrain feature as you made your first deviation you counted your paces. When you reset the compass to 0 degrees you did not pace that distance. That distance is then unknown but should have been recorded to add to the overall distance. That my result in missing your ride home if you know what I mean.
    Not a negative comment just a reminder.
    From an old and former army ranger.
    We all bleed red, white, and blue.

  20. I could follow your direction to the letter and still get lost! :D:I'm just that directionally challenged!

  21. awesome stuff, simple and informative!  Love the box recon add on…Great exercise to practise urban/woodland recon skills.

  22. Is dead reckoning the same as the 90 degree? I went hunting once and set my truck in my compass, when I went back I didn't use my compass I followed a game trail, I went in a complete circle, then I use my compass to get back to my truck glad I had and used my compass.

  23. Awesome, flashbacks to my army days…ordered a suunto compass like yours and some topo maps…cant wait to practice these skills again

  24. Really excellent set of land nav videos. I learned land nav in the army, but I'm using your videos to teach it to my Boy Scout Troop. You do a great job of explaining things simply, better than I can.   The infantry and boy scouts are about the last people in the world who care about land nav without a GPS.

  25. And BOOM ….. Just like that I understand lol . The best instructional for basic compass /navigation/plotting on the internet . Im a bushcrafter /primitive camper and usually know where I am however I do like to venture off camp and explore , in search of resources and or other sites , now I can actually use my compass to expand my enjoyment of the forest / lakes by being able to notate and find / file locations !!!

  26. Great video and info, thanks for sharing and got to say great way to explain everything, simple and straight to the point. Keep up the great videos!

  27. Honestly as a member of a GSAR (Ground Search And Rescue) team I have taken multiple land navigation classes in person out in the field and I have watched other videos on the subject and your presentation style and the information included will be my go to recommendation for new members starting out.

  28. You're the best, Corporal~ (^,….,^)
    We've been having a ton of earthquakes here in the NW over the last few days, and you've helped me secure a Bug Out Bag, a 2 week in house reserve of food and water, and have taught me so many survival skills that my confidence and hopes in dark times have multiplied incrementally. Thank you~

  29. There are two models of the Suunto MC-2, the Pro and the G. The Pro model sold in the US is assumptively calibrated to the Northern hemisphere. Setting aside the matter of price, are you aware of any argument (accuracy, sensitivity, whatever) to be made against the use of a global compass?

  30. Great job, coming from someone with 50 years of maritime navigation. P.S. Time to clean that dry erase board.

  31. It strikes me that your Ranger pace beads bear an uncanny resemblance to a set of rosary beads. I remember the catholic brothers telling the young boys to say their ten "Hail Mary's" and their one "Our Father". You don't think the Templar Knights may have known something? I very much enjoyed your tutorial as I am working on my freedom camping skills, navigation, orienteering, etc. Thanks again 🙂

  32. On next to the map and compass video… Thumbs up for sure for this one. I like the homework assignments in some of the other videos I have seen.

    We used the "box recon" method, if you would, to survey land for animal tracks. You simply walk your entire acreage of land marking all of the tracks, deer sign, beaver, raccoon, whatever, water, shelter locations and literally make your own land map for what you found.

    Modern days you should be able to compare your personally created and drawn map with an overhead satellite imagery photo for a good "teachers aid" for how accurate you are with your compass skills. Including trees, grass, water, roads and the like. The limit is your imagination and time behind the compass. Louis and Clark used the same tools to map everything east of the Ohio river.

    I love the homework assignments in the other videos. You should be, if not, a Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts. They would/should be honored to have you.

  33. My wife and I would watch your videos over anybody out there. Why? Because you cut through the BS and to the chase. You give us the "Truth" of survival techniques. Thank you soooooooooo much.

  34. Please….up the bar….and show us map and compass. You are teaching millions of USA citizens how to survive if the SHTF….which we believe will happen…not if it will happen.

  35. When I’m learning a lot I feel you make it so simple to understand I have a learning disability but you’re making it easier did I understand thank you

  36. Yes I don’t understand meters understand yardage like 3 foot is a yard I said I’m not that smart but I like the beads I never thought about the beads and count the spaces that is so cool thank you

  37. Do the 2nd part. As for determining pace count, is my 100 count to be my 100 meters? Do each of our 100 meters, then, differ? Another question: What is determining which degree I am to use if going out on a hike?

  38. i saw you proper mavigator type you are my teacher afterearth gps workE V goes thrue england ns thrue acvator90 deagre eachquarter

  39. Great video! Have to come back and finish later. Have to start the work day. Thank you for making this video and the recommendations for follow up videos on other channels.

  40. Hello Corporal Corner, thanks for this amazing and easy to understand explanation.
    I do have zero experience using an compass. Watching this and the compass+map video helped me alot.
    Thanks for uploading these videos

  41. God.. this is just a great source of knowledge regarding compass..
    Thank you so much for the explanation..
    Very informative video with an excellent tutor of great experiences.

  42. Outstanding – Back in the day, prior to gps, I taught LandNav at the 101st Path Finder school at Ft. Campbell. Start simple and build from there. First time on your channel – looking forward to more.

  43. I liked this. I want to increase my skills and this is one of them. On that vein, yes. I want more knowledge.

  44. This reminds me of basic, and everyone saying how easy land nav is, and all the Drill Sgt's laughing saying " wait till we get in the field pvt, wait till we get in the field. Many a lost pvt's out in the woods of FtKnox that night, and we went out before noon.

  45. Would have been nice if you’d have jumped straight into the lesson. Didn’t need the explanation about YouTube algorithms. Just need a land nav refresher since it’s been 30 years since my days as an infantry medic, and a total badass with a map and compass.

  46. Thank you for the video. Just because others make a video, none are exactly the same. I often learn more from something slightly different.

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