Keep mental bearings on track! This resourceful military-approved guide helps explain the complex nature of map keys and legends. With a basic understanding of how to correctly read a map, wilderness enthusiasts can greatly reduce the likelihood of getting lost in nature’s great outdoors.
The guide thoroughly covers how to avoid getting lost, highlighting and answering the following topics:
- What is the difference between north and ‘true north?’ What is the easiest way to accurately read a compass?
- If you do not have a compass, what are alternative methods to determining direction? Consider the Shadow-Tip Field-Expedient Method, Watch or Star Method.
- How someone who is lost can find and determine their current location via grid-square coordinates.
- How to correctly read a map and determine distances by using the bar scale and pacing measurement methods.
- Understanding the importance of elevation and reading topography – this basic understanding can help save your life!
- Learn the details of map legends – such as rapids, falls, marshes, swamps, open pits, mines, streams, lakes and woodlands.
Understanding the basics of how to avoid getting lost and basic wilderness navigation increases the chances of outdoor survival. Approved by the United States Army for survival training, this excellent guide contains useful, practical survival skills and knowledge.