Topic: Using Markers and Landmarks When Driving Off The Road in Your SUV - Signs
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Using off road markers and landmarks assumes you have a map of the area where you are located and a compass. If you have these items, and if you have practiced your map reading skills just a little bit, then there are many things on maps that you will see in the wilderness that can help you find your way. These next few web pages will explore only some of the landmarks and off road markers you can use to help you find your way.

Signs along the dirt roads and 4wd trails are obvious landmarks that will help you find your way when driving off the road in your SUV. Not so obvious are a number of signs you will find off the road, out in the wilderness.

Most signs far off the beaten path are related to survey work. The middle photograph shows a National Forest boundary marker. This sign is located directly on the line between National Forest property and private property. These property boundaries are found on most Forest Service maps.

The bottom photograph shows a tree painted with a red stripe and a marker saying "Bearing Tree" This is not a tree that bears fruit but rather, a tree that marks a specific location in latitude and longitude on the planet. With this marker and good map, you will be able to pinpoint your exact location.

Warning: You should never travel alone, off the road, in unfamiliar territory, without an excellent map and compass, and a working knowledge of map reading.

The next web page Next Topic covers bench marks, one of the best off road markers you might encounter.
Forest Boundary Marker
Bearing Tree Marker
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