Finding your way back out of the wilderness won’t always be simple tasks. That’s why a magnetized compass and a paper map—and the navigational knowhow to use them—are part of the Ten Essentials. The ten essentials was established back in 1933 to help people be prepared when venturing into the great outdoors. It's also recommended that you know how to read a paper map in case your cell phone loses power or is unable to get a good signal.
This is a great article for anyone who likes to get outside and hike on our state and county trails. The article covers:
- Identifying the basic parts of a compass
- Understanding and setting declination adjustment
- Using your compass to orient your map
- Understanding bearings and how to use them