Sunset

Quick tip: Estimate remaining daylight



So you are out hiking, or even partying and want to know how many hours of daylight is left? Use this quick tip to estimate how many hours are left before the sun sets!

Is it time to stop and scrounge for shelter, or is it better to keep on trekking? Use this simple trick to measure the remaining daylight. Remember to allow yourself at least two hours to set up camp before the sun goes down.

Estimate remaining sunlight (Click to enlarge)

How to estimate remaining daylight

Count the finger widths between the sun and the horizon. Each finger is equivalent to fifteen minutes, with each hand total an hour. When the sun dips low enough that only two hands fit it’s time to search for a suitable campsite and assemble shelter. (A
caveat: if you’re near the poles, the sun wil hover over the horizon for a longer period of time giving you a ninaccurate reading.)

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