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Help Exchange: free volunteer work exchange abroad Australia New Zealand Canada Europe Our Top 8 Things to Do in Bali - The Slow Road Travel Blog BY Karen MacRae Asia-Pacific | Bali Bali is an anomaly in the middle of Indonesia, a little Hindu outpost surrounded by predominantly Muslim islands. Replete with waterfalls, rice paddies, hot springs and delicious local cuisine, it’s the perfect place to slow down. Volcanoes To hike a volcano in Bali (such as Mount Batur, pictured above) is to truly witness nature at its best. For an especially memorable experience, embark on your hike before sunrise. Batur Natural Hot Springs in Kintamani After a big morning hiking Mount Batur, relax in the nearby natural hot springs, which boast outstanding views of Danau (Lake) Batur and the surrounding volcanoes. Gili Islands Looking for somewhere to relax, kick back with a book and do some snorkeling? Canang Sari (Daily Offerings) Here’s something to watch out for: early in the mornings you’ll find packages of woven palm leafs, flowers and herbs everywhere. Ubud Immerse Yourself in the Island of Gods Eat Local Tegenungan Waterfalls The Beaches Karen MacRae

untitled Maui How to Read a Compass Navigation by way of compass may seem daunting at first to a beginner, but this trepidation shouldn’t stand in the way of learning to use one. In fact, once you learn how to read a compass, it will be a valued friend in the back-country — one you can always count on to help guide your steps. This guide is meant to be a general overview of the basics of learning how to read a compass, with or without a map. Compass Basics First of all, what exactly does a compass do? In addition to the floating compass needle, a compass may have a myriad of other features, but only a few are really relevant to basic orienteering. Let’s say for example that you know your home base is in a southeasterly direction, ~120 degrees of azimuth. Magnetic north or Geographic north? There is one catch, though. How to Choose a Compass Finally, you might be asking, “How do I choose the right compass for me?”

Whale Watch Cruises | Join Greg Kaufman, one of the world's leading authorities on humpback whales and the Founder/Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation, on a benefit sunset dinner cruise. We will be departing from Lahaina Harbor at 5:30 pm on Feb 8, 2014. During this delightful evening at sea, you'll enjoy appetizers, drinks, a freshly grilled dinner, desserts and coffee, plus an engaging, relaxed presentation by Kaufman about humpback whales of Hawaii, Ecuador, Australia and other parts of the world. Kaufman will be presenting on the microphone and off, offering insights from his experiences as a whale research pioneer, anti-whaling activist, author of four books and advocate for sustainable … [read more] whalewatching worldwide. We'll watch for whales during the sunset hour, too! The four course chef-prepared dinner includes will be served table-side by professional servers. The entrees are grilled fresh onboard and served hot to your table. Tickets are $150 per person. [collapse]

Navigating Without a Compass - Part 3 - Brian's Backpacking Blog This is the third post in my three-part series on navigating without a compass. In part one I described how you can use easily identifiable constellations to locate the north star, Polaris. In part two I showed how you can use an analog watch and the sun to quickly determine North and South. In this third part I will explain how to use the Shadow Stick Tip method to get a reasonably accurate reading of compass direction. The sun always rises in the east and sets in the west, but not exactly due east or due west. Shadow-Tip Method Find a straight stick about three feet long. Wait for approximately 10 to 15 minutes until the shadow tip moves a few inches. Use your straight stick or, if possible, draw a straight line through the two marks to obtain an approximate east-west directional line. To test this, I placed my pocket compass in the direction I was standing to confirm that I was indeed facing north – as indicated by the red arrow on my compass. Related Posts You Might Like:

Greek Islands, Greece travel guide, Greece hotels by Navigating Without a Compass - Part 1 - Brian's Backpacking Blog This is the first post of a three-part series in which I want to share with you some easy ways to successfully (and accurately) navigate without the aid of a magnetic compass. There are many different and well proven methods of navigating without a compass, but I’m going to focus on the three techniques that I have found to be the easiest to remember and simplest to actually use. In my opinion you should have a compass with you at all times when venturing outdoors and know how to properly use it. However, there will be times when you don’t have a compass or may have lost your compass and need to be able to find you way back to base camp or to safety. Using The Stars to Find North Knowing how to find the North Star in the northern hemisphere is definitely one of the most basic navigational skills that everyone should know – being lost in the wilderness without a compass is not the time to be trying to figure out where the North Star is. Related Posts You Might Like:

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Using a Compass - The Basics - Brian's Backpacking Blog I quite often run into fellow backpackers during my hikes and enjoy chatting with them about where they’re from and what they’re doing, the usual trail chit-chat. A lot of the time our conversations include discussions about the current hike and conditions along the trail, where to find water and areas to avoid if necessary, sharing information with fellow hikers is one of the best parts of meeting people along the trail, in my opinion. However, on more than one recent occasion (too often, in fact) the conversation has included the seemingly innocent question of “so, where are we on the trail – any idea?” Using a map and a compass is such a fundamental part of being outdoors or hiking that it should be one of the very first things that you learn before setting off to the wilderness. Anatomy of a Compass First, let’s start with understanding the parts of the compass, knowing what they do, and how to use them. Related Posts You Might Like: