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(Sixth in a series)
So, you’ve managed to find Old Mad John Redrum’s treasure map and you found the rock that looks like a witch’s nose, and you’ve used your trusty compass to figure out what direction to go.
Did you ever wonder, how did Old Mad John Redrum even know what direction to write on his treasure map? I mean, how did he know that you have to walk a heading of 270° to get to the old oak tree? Continue reading “How to read a heading”
(fifth in a series) So someone (maybe a pirate) or something (like a treasure map) tells you to walk half a mile at a heading of 222° and you whip out your trusty compass and set your DOT (direction of travel) to 222° and orient the compass and you know what direction to go.
But there is still a problem with this. If you take off walking forward following that DOT arrow, there are a lot of situations where you could be walking off track but still facing the DOT. Continue reading “How to walk a straight line”
(Fourth in a series)
What if you find a treasure map!? I know, when has that ever happened to anyone? But still – stay with me for a minute.
If you were to find a treasure map it’d likely to say things like, “walk 25 paces at a heading of 220 degrees from the old oak…” or maybe, “30 paces straight west from the rock that looks like a witch’s nose.”
You’ll be glad you took the time to learn a few simple compass skills, like finding directions using a compass! Continue reading “How to find directions with a compass”
(Third in a series – Before you go on an outdoor adventure, get a good compass and find some useful maps.) A map with all its squiggly lines and colors can, at first glance, seem like a confusing jumble. One of the first things that you’ll want to do to start making sense of a map is to use a compass to orient the map.
(Second in a series) Yesterday I posted a couple of suggestions about getting a good compass to keep you safe and on track in your outdoor activities, and soon I’ll be posting articles about how to use that compass effectively, but first we need to get a good map to go along with that compass.