Determining direction in those conditions is tough without a compass. As backup I have the Delrin version of the Companion Compass on a paracord neck lanyard under my shirt. It weighs approx 5 grams and itís always there... and it works. Thatís not my only compass.

As for the GPS and PLB. I mark my carís location or other identifiable waypoints, and then turn it off and put the GPS away. Most of the time itís not needed, but itís always there as a backup to that, ďI-know-where-Iím-goingĒ attitude. When that fails, Iíve got tech.

The PLB is always backup ó totally useless weight unless you need extraction. Then itís like gold and takes the search out of SAR.