How to find North using a watch and the sun (Southern Hemisphere)

“Twelve to Sun, Half the Hour-Hand and Done”


How to find North using a watch and the sun (Southern Hemisphere) is a short but simple blog for anyone who wishes to experiment with finding cardinal directions while outdoors but doesn’t have a compass.

This blog intended for people in the Southern Hemisphere.

For finding direction in the Northern Hemisphere, > click here <

“I am not a survival expert and information in this blog should not be used in an un-safe, un-controlled or dangerous environment. “

How to find North with your watch and the sun in the Southern Hemisphere:

Step 1: Orient your watch (“Twelve to Sun”)

Point the number 12 on your watch-face directly at the sun. As shown in the diagram below.

Step 2: Form a line. (“Half the Hour-Hand and Done”)

Then imagine a line which bisects 12 and the Hour-Hand to find North. This imaginary line runs North-South. As seen in the diagram below.

Note: You may find it easier to take your watch off and lay it on your hand for Step 1, when pointing 12 at the sun.

Note: You may use a small thin twig held over the watch face to dissect the hour hand and twelve o’clock in step two if you are struggling to imagine a line.

Remember “Twelve to Sun, Half the Hour-Hand and Done” this small expression may be what prompts you to remember this navigation method.

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