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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.
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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 12 months ago by PrairyErth
Great book. Very concise and informative. I took the advanced land navigation course in the Army, but, I still learned a few things from this book. Mr. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Language Lover
Need this book to learn how to use the compass.But it is hard to read.Not excited reading but neccessary.Published 18 months ago by Donnie D.