Compass Skills

The main functions of using a compass are:

  • to tell which direction you are traveling – your heading
  • to tell which direction an object is from you – its bearing
  • to keep you following a straight line of travel
  • to help orient a map and align it with the actual land
  • to perform triangulation and determine your exact location on a map
  • to plan routes and determine directions and distances of  travel

I found a great site called Compass Dude with information about reading a compass.  The site covers

  • Compass skills including Reading a Compass and Using a Compass
  • Map Skills including How to Read a Map, Understanding Map Scales, Map Symbols and How to Read Topographic Maps
  • Using a Map and Compass together including Understanding Latitude and Longitude, Compass Declination, How to Read a Heading, Orienting a Map, Performing Triangulation, Plotting a Route and Pacing
  • and finally, Finding Direction with No Compass

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