Map, Compass & GPS

Map, Compass & GPS
Wild flowers along Fall Creek on the way to the Green Lakes - Oregon

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bubble in My Compass

Occasionally a bubble will become present inside the compass dial assembly.  Small bubbles the size of an air rifles’ “bb” will general not be a problem in the field.

Small bubbles generally develop into bigger bubbles. 

I visited the Silva website and found the following:

“We intend that our compasses are free of bubbles; however, if a small bubble forms in the liquid-filled capsule, it has no influence on the accuracy of the compass. Its appearance and disappearance are due to changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure. If a bubble larger than 1/4" in diameter appears, it is probably the result of a leaking capsule, usually caused by some form of shock damage, and the capsule will have to be replaced. In that case, just call our customer satisfaction department for a return authorization number and shipping address. From the U.S.A, call 1-800-572-8822 between 8 am-6 pm, eastern time. From Canada, call 1-800-263-6390.”

It is nice that a manufacturer of outdoor gear takes some responsibility.  Expect similar support from Brunton and Suunto.

If you have a cheap compass purchased at WalMart…just buy a new compass such as the

Silva Ranger on the Suunto M2.

If a liquid filled compass housing develops a bubble in a compass place it in a plastic sandwich bag.  Don't take it back to the field, it will become a mess.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Maps For Your GPS

Are you looking for maps to install on your GPS?

Don't want to spend a lot of money?

Then take a look at the GPS File Depot.  File depot has a lot of maps for your GPS that are free.

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Wolf management is a hot button topic in the North West.

I never thought about wolves in Europe.

Interesting post attached.  Wolf hunt cancelled in Sweden.