HA! Dude, I've got hundreds more... oh, maybe later, then.
So, you want to learn how to use a compass today, huh? Cool, there's not a whole lot to it and its a good skill to have if you're ever going to step out of your house. Even if you're never going to leave the city, being aware of general compass directions and having a feel for where you are and which direction you're heading is important.
You can use the pages of this compass usage site as a compass tutorial, by starting on this page and reading each page linked at the bottom in turn. Or, jump directly to the compass topic that interests you.
Your Friend, the Compass
A compass is an extremely valuable piece of equipment used not only by hikers and campers, but also pilots in airplanes, captains of ships at sea, and car drivers everywhere. It is such a simple but powerful item, everyone should know how to use one.
Wherever you happen to be on Earth, a compass in your hand will always point North. Whether you are stranded in the ocean, caught in a blizzard, or lost in a deep, dark forest late at night, your friend the compass will never let you down and can always be used to help find the way. Sure, a GPS is pretty cool, but it needs batteries and a signal, not the magnetic compass!
You're on your way to learning how to use a compass. Click away and enjoy the trip.
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I also want to (someday) be able to sleep peacefully knowing that she has the skills needed to stay safe once she decides to go camping/hiking alone or with friends.
Frankly I'm looking forward to brushing up on my compass skills too. Additionally, the information provided here is informative (not too dense/not too light) well written and friendly.
Well done. And thank you.
I have always love wandering about, but never got my orientation correct. I have run into cold sweat whenever I got lost in a strange city.
I have been buying Atlases and maps and every now and then trying to find a way to fix all the places on the map.
I think Campusdude would solve many of my problems!
Putting together a lesson on reading maps for my clients and your writing is perfect for them, not too technical.
Posted your link on my Facebook page so all of the homeschoolers who follow me can find you.
Please, keep adding content. I love it.
I'm trying to determine the coordinate from 2 bearing lines. I know they cross as I can see this in my land survey. I believe that intersection should be a coordinate value. But how would I determine that? Is there a formula to determine coordinates from compass bearings? The 2 bearings are N 14 deg 55' 0" E and N 69 deg 08' 40" E. Any help would be much appreciated. Regards.
Thanks you so much for you help. Very much appreciated.
For now I only have a compass on my Garmin watch. So, how would the read in the shed rule work? Like for example, if I am moving on trail and look down on my compass and it reads 125 NE, does that mean my bearing is NE? That excerpt I read above about "red in the she" confused me.
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