• Hikers navigating syncline ridges in the southwest part of the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska. Photo: Roman Dial CC Wikimedia.
    Hikers navigating syncline ridges in the southwest part of the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska. Photo: Roman Dial CC Wikimedia.
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It doesn’t matter how much time you spend walking, you should know how to use a map and compass, as well as the basics of orienteering.

Yes, the GPS can guide you in a lot of situations, but it isn’t infallible.

A map can show you the easiest and safest way to get to your next waypoint, instead of just indicating the shortest route. And the compass will help you follow its directions.

This video gives you a rundown on the working parts of a compass and a quick overview of a topographic map, before going on to show you how to use them together and navigate across the landscape.

Thee are even handy hints for getting back on track after you’ve had to make your way around an obstacle.

 

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