Posts Tagged ‘Compass’

Getting Lost Hiking

I think that most hikers have a sense of bravado and really don’t worry about getting lost.  But, the simple fact of the matter is that it can be very easy to get lost.  People go hiking in areas where they have never been before and thus do not know the terrain, weather or landmarks.  […]


Magnetic Declination and Using a Compass

What do you do when your GPS dies?  Hopefully, like the Boy Scout Motto, you are prepared for this situation with a map and compass.  One major concern with reading the compass is calculating the difference between magnetic north and true north.  Guest writer Ken Walker has created a great article discussing how to make […]


Selecting a Hiking Compass

What has become of the hiking compass, orienteering and navigation?  It has become very easy for today’s backpacker to rely on modern technology.  Unfortunately, many have become too reliant and have lost their orienteering skills.   The GPS has replaced the paper map and compass.  But what do you do when your batteries go dead or […]