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How does one measure topographical features while hiking?

Asked by Ltryptophan (9100 points ) May 13th, 2011

Say you come to a hill. The height of which you would like to know. It is generally lower than 35 feet, but you want to know exactly how high it is. What do you do?

Are there any other similar measuring problems that one would encounter while hiking?

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woodcutter's avatar

Could you have a topo map in hand and split the difference between two lines?

Ltryptophan's avatar

No maps…no gps cheats…but tape measure ok

flutherother's avatar

They taught us this in the Scouts years ago. You put a stick of known length in the ground then align the top of the stick with the top of the hill. The heights of the hill and the stick are then in the same proportion as the distances to the hill and the stick.

YoBob's avatar

Yep, what @flutherother said.

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