Using your Compass with a Map
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Using your Compass with a Map - Introduction

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Measuring Angles with your Compass

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Sighting A Bearing

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  • Lecture Slides - SightingABearing key ppt pdf

North References used in Land Navigation

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Teaching folks about the different North References, when to use them, and how to convert between them has been one of my more difficult problems. A lot of students come in with lots of confusion and sometimes even incorrect information on this topic. I've put a lot of thought into how to teach this, and tried many different techniques.

You can get an overview of how I teach the topic from the online tutorial. Last year one of our printing jobs had a bit of extra space running through the press. I turned this into a 4 page, half sheet handout on North References. I will send you one for free with your order if you wish. Or you can download the pdf file and take a look. If you want to use the handout for your class, I have a 25 pack of them available for less than it would cost you to print them on your own printer.


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North Reference Exercises

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Working with Bearings on Your Map

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Traveling Along a Compass Bearing

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Locating Yourself on Your Map

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Location by Triangulation [old]

Topic now covered in the Plotting A Bearing section. I still use the exercise.

Location by Plotting Bearing from your GPS

This is a "location by resectioning" technique where the bearing comes from a GPS instead of a compass sighting. It's useful when you are working on a map that does not have a coordinate grid.

  • Lecture Slides - MapWithNoGrid key ppt pdf
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Locating Something You See in the Distance

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Locating the Smoke - Using Intersecting Bearings to Locate an Unknown Point

This is a short stand alone lecture and exercise on location by intersecting bearings. It works particularly well when your students are involved in wildland firefighting or forestry.