Direction Finding—the Compass, the Sun, and the Stars Even if you confine your explorations to well-populated state and national parks and stay on main trails, you can still get turned around.
If you are an advanced camper or backpacker, you must be able to spot your position on a map and know where you are at all times. This is why direction finding is a perfect camping hobby.
THE COMPASSMost family camping situations do not require a compass. Families usually stay near the major trails and campgrounds. However, this is an opportunity to teach everyone in the family about the compass so that everyone is prepared to be an advanced camper.
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Finding Direction with a CompassIt is fun if you are a beginning camper. Sometimes you lose your sense of direction in new territory. You can find the direction of the home with your compass. When you are at the campsite and planning side trips, you can find the direction of your destinations. You can learn compass skills that are necessary for advanced camping-wilderness, backpacking, and snow.
Use the compass for holding your map in the right direction (orientating the map). Place the map on a flat surface. Now align the compass' straight edge (the longer side) with the north-south direction of the map. Rotate the map and the compass together until the compass needle is aligned with magnetic north. Now your map points in the right direction.
Learn Using the Compass for Finding Direction Also, learn how to use this compass for determining the direction to walk toward so that you can get to a destination on the map.
When you turned the housing to align north on the compass to north on the map, you were using a meridian line on the map. This line is any straight north to the south line on the map.
You also used the compass for its most common use-working out bearings from the map to the compass. It is popular because it is so convenient to follow the bearing (direction of travel) while keeping the compass at the north (floating needle on stationary needle).
Although an orienteering compass simplifies finding the bearing (direction of travel), you have to take into account the current, local (where you are) declination or variation. You do this by adding or subtracting degrees from the compass bearing.
Magnetic Declination and TechnologiesThe declination is the difference in degrees between the bearing of the compass needle (magnetic north) and the bearing of true north (geographic north). It is named declination or variation because the needle declines or varies east or west of true north, except on the agonic line.
The earth is a huge magnet with lines of force distributed between magnetic poles. It is this magnetism that furnishes the force that directs the compass needle. Magnetic poles, however, are not situated at the geographic poles.
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