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How To Use A Compass

Using a Compass The Basics Brian s Backpacking Blog


However, on more than one recent occasion (too often, in fact) the conversation has included the seemingly innocent question of “so, where are we on the trail – any idea?”  To which I am always shocked and usually ask, “don’t you carry a map and a compass?”  This elicits several knee-jerk responses, the most frequent being, “yes, but I’m not exactly sure how to use the compass,” along with a sheepish grin.  Inside my head I’m thinking, “then why are you carrying it and how on earth do you navigate your position?”

Using a map and a compass is such a fundamental part of being outdoors or hiking that it should be one of the very first things that you learn before setting off to the wilderness.  For heavens sake people, learn the basics, it just might save your life one day. 

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He's got a point.

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