Knowledge Of Area

Know your hiking Area Of Operations: Always Research Your Hike Before You Go on It!
1. In the Army we used to Use RP’s or “Rally Points” A rally point is a place where a patrol can reassemble and reorganize if dispersed during movement. just in case someone starts wondering off, you can go back to the last known Rally Point to meet at. Keep your eyes open for landmarks as you pass them and use them as RP’s.
Always look back over your shoulder to see and get another perspective of the beauty nature has to offer in Hawaii
2. Pick out barriers and landings.
Barriers are features, such as valley walls (A) or a river, that act as a barrier,
keeping you on the correct line of travel.
Landings are places where things change—like a trail junction, a river crossing, or
a mountain saddle (B). Once you encounter that landing, your barriers will change.
3. Look at the landscape before consulting your map.
When you’re tired, it’s easy to look at your map and decide you’re close to your destination.
To avoid this trap, first identify key points, like a lake inlet, a low pass, or a high mountain,
and then locate them on the map. Only then try to home in on your location.
4. Keep track of time.
Note what time you start on the trailhead and what time you pass major terrain features,
so you have a sense of your pace and what time you should expect to arrive at your destination.
5. Stay together while hiking.
You don’t have to hike heel to heel with your hiking buddy(s),
but you should have a system for staying in contact.
That may mean having a designated leader out front and someone else bringing up the rear;
keeping everyone in view when crossing open areas; or
agreeing to rendezvous at agreed on rally points, like trail junctions or river crossings.
6. Know your hike. Memorize its surroundings, especially if it’s in the trees.
7. Practice Night Navigation, map, compass, and GPS often.
It’s easy for navigational skills to get rusty…