One thing about a compass.  For me, at least, hiking and climbing in the mountainous West, a compass is rarely necessary.  I can easily maintain orientation by referencing terrain features.  On the water ,or when visibility is obscured, then a compass is crucial.  Just be aware of the many influences that can degrade the accuracy of a compass reading.

At night, if you can find the North Star (or the Southern Cross, for those of you who are down under) you have the most dependable direction reference, bar none.

I am definitely a luddite, old school and all of that.  Paper maps have worked for me for many years, and I have not seen any good reason to change.



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