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Be Expert with Map and Compass: The Complete Orienteering Handbook Paperback – June 24, 1994
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The age of Kjellstrom's book is revealed in the obsolete recommendations on adjusting the compass for declination, where the hoary old methods of memorizing rhymes or worse, of drawing magnetic declination lines all over your map with a pencil (usually inaccurately) and obscuring important detail is advocated. The latter method, still practiced by orienteering or adventure racing competitors (who get nicely pre-marked magnetic-oriented maps or draw their lines at home on a draftsman's board with a protractor), it's not easily accomplished without error using only a ruler. And if you have to improvise in the field, imagine doing it in the wind on some rock with only a compass baseplate for a straightedge! Modern books recognize better methods: either buy a compass with adjustable declination, or else tape a separate pointer for local east or west true declination for your area onto your compass baseplate.Read more ›
Literally this was my first exposure to orienteering. We were able to successfully navigate through an all day orienteering adventure race using this book. I thought it was easy to understand, came with a sample book and all of the skills were reinforced with simple quizzes at the end of each chapter. I have no doubt that there are more in debt studies, but from a beginners standpoint you can't go wrong. Just get it already.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worked out well for what I needed it for and arrived quickly.Published 2 months ago by Maria Servin
Basic. Older material. But still good info. You can probably find all this online for free.Published 3 months ago by Outbackwack
Excellent book to help understand how to use a map & compass. This is probably the reference book on the topic. I highly recommend the book for a novice.Published 15 months ago by Prairy Earth