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Be Expert with Map and Compass Kindle Edition
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The classic map and compass navigation guiderevised for the age of GPS
"Required reading for the beginner in map and compass work, as well as for those interested in serious orienteering. In simple, clear, concise terms the basics of map and compass work are described and illustrated."
George T. Hamilton, Appalachia
GPS devices are great, but they can break, get lost, or easily be hampered by weather conditions or physical obstructions. That's why basic map and compass skills remain essential for anyone who spends time outdoors today. This popular, easy-to-use handbook has been helping people find their way for more than fifty years. Updated with current Web site information, photographs, and more, it covers traveling by map alone, by compass alone, or by map and compass together. It features:
- Clear, concise instructions for using a map and compass effectively
- Exercises to help you learn and practice your orienteering skills
- An introduction to the basics of competitive orienteering
- Useful references for fur ther information
- Tips on using your GPS device in concert with map and compass techniques
If you're looking to feel more comfortable in the wilderness, this book will teach you the skills you need for safe outdoor navigation for hiking, hunting, or just for fun. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
The late BJÖRN KJELLSTRÖM was a Swedish champion in orienteering who loved to share his passion for the outdoors. His writings on the subject have been published in several languages. He helped invent the modern protractor-based compass and cofounded the internationally renowned compass company Silva. He is credited with introducing orienteering to the United States. He was also one of the founders of the Swedish and U.S. Orienteering Federations.
CARINA KJELLSTRÖM ELGIN developed her love of nature and of orienteering by literally following in the footsteps of her father, Björn Kjellström, on daily childhood excursions. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B002WQLNC4
- Publisher : Wiley; 3rd edition (November 10, 2009)
- Publication date : November 10, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 6593 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 258 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0470407654
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,379 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The exercises and the map are very frustrating to use for several reasons:
1. The map does not have the meridian lines marked out into a grid pattern, stating that the user should mark those lines themselves. The issue comes in that if your lines aren't straight, then your bearing can be off by several degrees - which can translate into miles on a long enough trip. Not to mention, thick pencil lines obscure an already busy map. I kept coming up short on my answers because my rule drawn lines were just a fraction off. Very frustrating for a beginner. Then I discover that all USGS maps now have grid printed on them for the most accurate bearings possible. So much easier to deal with.
2. The exercise questions were sometimes ambiguous or confusing. Telling me to mark heading 1/3 inch SSE of M in mountain leaves a lot of room for error. Again, I kept coming off by several degrees because my estimation of SSE was not the same as theirs. And they never bothered to show you a clear sample in the book. The pictures which are provided are so small, gray and blurry that I found myself using the magnifying bubble on the compass to see them.
3. There's a lot covered in this book that just seems superfluous or included for the sake of content. I just got bogged down. Finally I put the thing away and went on YouTube. I've learned more using 20 minutes worth of videos than I did 3/4 way into this book.
As far as the book is concerned, it is excellent and worthy of 5 stars! Very easy to read and comprehend and learn a very valuable skill. Having the paperback version does provide the training map and will help reinforce the concepts by performing the training exercises referenced within the chapters. I am goinng to contact Amazon and request they allow me to exchange the kindle version for the paperback.
We rely too heavily on our tech these days.
So a lot of us keep a compass handy.
What good is that without some rudimentary working knowledge?
This book is simple, common sense, gives good explanations, and helps readers to develop the skills to use a compass.
Funny thing is I’ve used my compass in cities more than out in the boonies so far.
It’s fun and a good skill to have.
This book is a good start.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is supposed to have a training map attached to the back cover.Sadly it is missing.
Could you please check this out.It is a book I want but without the map it is incomplete.
Yours faithfully K.Glennane.
Proof to me that this book is outstanding.
Downside is I'll have to order another for myself.