This handy infographic details how to estimate when the sun sets using your hand and one hand only.
As the sun begins to set later and our favorite hiking trails defrost, it’s important to be able to figure estimate remaining daylight if only because it changes so rapidly during this time of year.
Also, this is one of the more treacherous times to get lost in the wilderness, even though there’s never a right time for that. In the winter-spring months, the temperatures drop much more quickly than expected when you’re out on the trails. This quick-tip guide will teach you how to always keep an eye on the sun.
The text is slightly small and almost difficult to read, so below is the transcription.
Count the finger widths between the sun and the horizon. Each finger is equivalent to fifteen minutes, with each hand totaling an hour. When the sun dips low enough that only two hands fit, its time to search for a suitable campsite and assemble a shelter.
This tip is fairly common one, but it’s always awesome to get a refresher course!