Monday, January 2, 2012

Aiming Off

We knew you were off. Now you know too.

Aiming Off: Purposefully erring to one side when following a compass bearing toward your destination. Example: Say your tent is near a stream at a bearing of 120 degrees from where you are. Instead of following that bearing the whole way, aim off to one side on purpose. Then you know exactly which way to turn when you hit the stream. After that it's only a matter of going right until you find your tent. (1) (2)

Aiming Off: In orienteering, to deliberately aim to one side of a feature so that you definitely know which way to turn when you get near it. (3)

Aiming Off: Purposefully erring to one side when following a compass bearing, preferably always going around obstacles to one side. When you arrive at a landmark you know which direction to go to find your destination. (4)

Synonyms: Deliberate Error. Intentional Offset. Lost.


Footnotes.

(1) You have to put up the tent before you go out for a day hike.

(2) If you get wet, it's because you forgot to stop at the stream. Practice makes perfect.

(3) Assuming you've been paying attention.

(4) If you keep finding more and more of your own footprints, you are (a) in good company, (b) hallucinating, (c) going to die no matter what, (d) both "b" and "c".

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