How to read a heading

How to read a heading

(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.

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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”

How to walk a straight line

How to walk a straight line

(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”

How to find directions with a compass

How to find directions with a compass

(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”