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  1. The lines of declination curve around Canada. I am going to guess that in some places the declination might be as high as 90 degrees.


    After guessing I googled. I am wrong. Dont even bother telling me how wrong I am. :anibad:

  2. - Rub it on your shirt to build up static electricity, then set it down. The hour hand will point towards the north

    - Throw it high enough in the air that it breaks free of earth's gravitational field. The earth will be rotating under it towards the east, so the watch's apparent direction is west. North is 90 degrees to the right.

    - Set the watch to Standard Time and point the hour hand towards the sun. South is halfway between the hour hand and the 12. (Disclaimer: works only if you're on a meridian that's a multiple of 15.)

    - Flush it down a toilet and measure the speed at which the water circles down the drain. Do this again with another watch at a different location. If the water is circling faster the second location is farther north than the first one.




    Despite the apparent sarcasm Dave got the right answer! Point the hour hand of your watch at the sun and the line that bisects the angle between noon and the hour hand is the north/south line. It is accurate only if your watch is set for true local time. As Dave mentions in standard time that is only on certain meridians. But whether you have accurate time or not it is still an estimate of north.

    Next question to dabhib07.

  3. Using an Analog Wristwatch (one with hands) describe how it can direct you to North.


    - Trade it for a compass

    - barter it for information on where North is

    - Use the compass feature by clicking the "mode" button a few times

    - Attach it to a canadian goose in early spring, track the goose

    - Just keep following the minutes hand for a few hours, then look for the north star

    - Ask the watch politely.. if it refuses to answer, smash it with a rock.


    I always enjoy your answers Juicepig. They remind me to think outside of the box. However I am looking for the answer in the box.

  4. Actually, the young'uns of today will never have a chance to test it. None of them know that a watch has two hands instead of some dumb digital readout. :unsure:


    I also read that even if you only have a digital watch, you could draw the hands on a piece of paper and use that!


    Since I live in the land of perpetual darkness here in the great white north, I will abstain from this one. :unsure:


    Ironically this method is more accurate the farther North you go.

  6. Sorry for the delay folks. Its been a busy few days.

    I will stick with the survival theme.

    Using an Analog Wristwatch (one with hands) describe how it can direct you to North.


    OK, let's take a different tack for this one. Dig out your survival manuals and remember all the things your grandaddy told you about surviving in the wild if you inadvertently get lost on your way to a cache .


    There is a very edible plant that you can eat in the field. It can be boiled and eaten like corn on the cob, dried and made into flour for pancakes, parts can be eaten raw, like celery.


    It is edible (available) spring, summer and fall. Sometimes one of it's forms is called Cossack Asperagus.


    What is this common plant?


    OOO I love survival stuff. I am pretty sure you refer to Cattail (Typha latifolia)

  8. Oh, easy, That's Winnie the Pooh in White River Ontario.


    If I recall that's where a little black bear cub was capture and became Winnie.



    I hope to travel through there this summer. My daughter is looking forward to it!

    You're up Binrat!

  9. The legendary Methye Portage (also known as Portage La Loche)


    Correct. The methye portage was the link that allowed trade and exploration from east to west and north.

    The clearwater is one of my dream paddling destinations.

  10. Hint: It was introduced to Peter Pond in 1778 and Alexander MacKenzie used it in 1793 to reach the Pacific Ocean 12 years before Lewis and Clark.

    This is totally a guess with some help from Wikipedia, is it Prince Albert, Sask.? :mad:


    Sorry, although Prince Albert sits on the North Saskatchewan and play significant roles in early times it is not the answer.

    This portage joins the Churchill River system with the the Mackenzie River System.

  11. What is the name and location of the main portage in Saskatchewan linking the trading posts from the southeast with those from the northwest? Essentially linking Eastern Canada with the Arctic.

  12. Sorry I lapsed. I was out of province.

    I will let the first person to post ask the next question.

    The answer to mine is:

    Your tee shot in Canada lands in another country(US) an hour later.

    The ninth green is the only one in the states as well as the club house.

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