Intro to Navigation

Articles: 4

Before you set off on an outdoor adventure, it’s important to learn a few basics about navigation. In this series, we cover everything from using a compass to reading a topo map to help you find your way through the wilderness.

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    How to Use a Compass

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    It's one of the Ten Essentials, but do you know how to use your compass? Learn the basics of declination, bearings and how to use them.

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    How to Read a Topo Map

    530 reviews with an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A topo map is an indispensable navigational tool, but only if you know how to read it. In this article, we'll teach you the basics.

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    Buying Advice

    How to Choose and Use a GPS

    266 reviews with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars

    Learn the capabilities, basic functions and key features of handheld GPS receivers and get tips on how to use your new GPS unit.

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    How to Adjust the Declination on a Compass

    365 reviews with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars

    Declination, the difference between magnetic north and true north, is key to accurate navigation. Learn how to adjust for it on a compass.