Being able to find north without a compass is a handy skill to master. Here’s how to do it during the day and at night.
1. Find a sunny, flat, brush-free spot on the ground. Push a stick into the soil. Make sure the stick points straight up. Mark the tip of the stick’s shadow with a rock.
2. Wait 30 minutes. The stick’s shadow will move. Mark the new tip of the stick’s shadow with another rock. Draw a straight line between the two rocks. This line runs east and west.
3. With the stick at your back, put your left heel directly in front of the first rock. Put your right heel directly in front of the second rock. You are now facing north. East is on your right, west is on your left, and south is behind you.
Nichole LeClair Terrill