It is late Fall or even Winter.
You want to setup up your camp while there is still some daylight. And perhaps even get dinner going. The day is getting late. And the sun is setting.
You wonder how much daylight you have left. If only there was a way to eyeball approximately the amount of time you have before the sun sets and you need to set up camp by headlamp. Or even walk in the dark.
Well, there is such a way. Very low tech, inexpensive, easy to use, and every outdoor person already this “gear”: Your fingers!
Simply extend your arm, hold your hand up to the horizon, place the hand between the sun and where it will set. Each finger is roughly fifteen minutes of time before the sunsets. A full-hand is about an hour. Easy-Peasy. Mac n’ Cheesy.
This technique is of course not accurate to the minute. But it does give a good ballpark figure so you know how much time you have left. The time needed to make a camp that fits your comfort level for the amount of daylight you would enjoy for camp chores, cooking dinner, or just taking in the scene from your campsite.
And when there seems to be an app, a gadget, and more money to spend for every aspect of the outdoors, it is nice to be able to do something simple that only requires you hands, a small bit of knowledge, and some easy math. No credit card needed!
Disclosure: These hands were provided by my parents. And many generations of Magnanti have perfected the fine art using said hands to not only guess the time, but to communicate in an effective manner. Or something…