This 50 minute DVD covers the basic skills needed to use a compass by itself, or with a map to navigate on land. The narrator is a former park ranger and forester who has taught map, compass, and GPS techniques at one of America’s top forestry schools for over a decade.
The information is presented in a clear, concise format and includes several examples and a review at the end of each section. The lessons are geared toward beginning and intermediate compass users.
Topics covered in the DVD:
• What magnetic declination is and how to set a compass for the declination in your area.
• How to use a map and compass to confidently hike cross-country where there are no roads, signs, or trails.
• How to use the Public Land Survey System (Township and Range) to pinpoint your location practically anywhere in the western U.S.
• Which compasses are best for outdoor recreation like hiking, hunting, bird watching, backpacking, and camping.
• How to set, sight, and read a compass.
• How to plot directions on a map with a compass.
• Why a global positioning system complements map and compass skills but does not replace them.