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You need to be skilled navigator and proficine tin the use a compass, GPS, navigating by the sun and able to read maps.

You will need to purchase a compass that has been modified for use in the polar regions due to the magnetic interference. A useful place to attach it is to your sleeve so it is always at hand and easy to glance when you need check the direction your heading. This is particularly useful in blizzard conditions or when low cloud cover causes 'white out' conditions.

The GPS is a really useful tool for checking your position when you stop for breaks to ensure your on the right track and make any adjustments to your course. Be aware of battery consumption when using your GPS and the liquid screen will loose it effectiveness in severe cold.

If you know where you are, what the time is and the sun is shining you will be able to sun and shadows to aid in navigation. Practice this before you go and you can quickly find your direction using your shadow as marker.

Over a period of time on the ice, particularly in Antarctica, you will get a feel for the direction of sastrugi and wind and these will all aid in navigation.




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