Regardless of what alarmists shriek, there is still plenty of wilderness in the world. For those who would seek it out, Geary provides preparatory advice about one aspect of life in the wilderness–how to know where you are and where you are going. He excellently guides readers in the pragmatic art of finding oneself in the wild by using a map and a compass. Although primarily addressed to enthusiasts of orienteering (i.e., moving from one point to another outdoors using only map and compass for guidance–a sport growing in popularity), anyone wishing for mastery of map and compass as the fundamental tools they are will find Geary’s primer superb. Dennis Winters
Choosing and operating a compass, interpreting maps, navigating in the wild, and handling outdoor emergencies.
Be Expert with Map and Compass
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 further 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.
The classic map and compass navigation guide-revised for the age of GPS
GPS devices are great, but they can break, get lost, or easily be hampered by weather conditions, making basic map and compass skills essential for anyone who spends time outdoors. This popular, easy-to-use orienteering handbook has been helping people find their way for more than fifty years. Now updated to include information on GPS as well as current Web sites, references, sources, and photographs, it remains the book of choice for professional outdoorsmen, novice orienteers, and outdoor organizations as well as teachers, scout leaders, recreational hikers, hunters, and others around the world.
Coverage includes understanding map symbols; traveling by map alone, by compass alone, or by map and compass together; finding bearings; sketching maps; and traveling in the wilderness.Explains basic map and compass skills clearlyFully updated edition, including information on GPSIncludes up-to-date Web site addresses, references, and sourcesFeatures a fresh, rugged designIdeal book for beginners
If you’re looking to feel more comfortable in the wilderness, this updated guide is an indispensable reference.