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Keep Your Bearings While Hiking

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Moss grows on the north side of a tree. Well, I’ve been in some dark, damp sections of the woods where moss was growing on all sides of the tree. When the moss can’t help you get your bearings, here are few other tips to keep in mind.

  • Pine trees/evergreens are the fulliest on eastern slopes.
  • Plants and brush are more open on northern slopes, smaller and denser on southern slopes.
  • The tops of hemlocks point east.

Always take a map with you when you hike. Look at the map for terrain features and relate them to those around you such as ravines, cliffs, hollows, and hilltops.

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