Spending a lot of time outdoors in the wild beyond civilisation, it’s a must to use a compass and map.
When there are no building or roads to relate to on a map, one must be able to find out the coordinates at times with the compass and place the map in the hand correctly. It is not very difficult but to mange a compass and a map correctly requires some knowledge and practise.
You start by compiling the map and compass. Keep the map to the north, which is easiest to do by using the compass. Then you put the compass on the map so that one side points towards the direction of the travel. You now twist the ring so that it points north to the map. The north and south lines have to be completely parallel to the meridians of the map. When done, take the compass and twist it so that the red mark of the needle coincides with the red part of the north pillar. If you have done this correct, the course will show you to the right direction.
- Begin with finding a landmark that you can also detect on your map.
- Hold your compass so its flat with the direction arrow pointing away from you and directly at the destination.
- Continue and rotate the bezel until the magnetized needle is inside the orienting arrow.
If you never used these tools, it is recommended that you practise at home and follow the steps mentioned above, step by step. Otherwise it may be difficult to keep up with the instructions. When buying a compass, it is important that you buy one with a compass ring and a orienting arrow like the one in the featured picture.
These basic equipments are often found in well-stocked sports and open-air stores and in weshops online.