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    Backpacking Light
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    @backpackinglight

    Locale: Rocky Mountains

    Companion forum thread to: An Introduction to Map & Compass Navigation

    An online live (and recorded) webinar introduction to map and compass use for hiking and backpacking.

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    Jim Cowdery
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    @james-cowdery

    Locale: South Florida

    I always hike with a paper map and use orienteering skills to keep track of my position.   An properly calibrated altimeter is also an extremely useful tool and can be used in low visibility conditions.  Most altimeters don’t require frequent recharging.

    the few times I have hiked with a gps I have still relied on basic orienteering to locate my position.

    Maybe I’m too old school to rely on centuries old technology for locating my position.

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    Todd T
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    @texasbb

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    An properly calibrated altimeter is also an extremely useful tool…

    ^Yes.  It’s surprising how often you can find where you are knowing nothing but your general vicinity and your elevation.  Much faster and easier than triangulating when you only need rough precision.  I’ve never become addicted to a piece of gear faster than my first altimeter.

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    Patrick D
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    @patrickdickey52761

    So, to be clear, where I live right now is -1 degree 26 minutes. So, when I adjust my compass, the orienteering arrow will be a little to the west of the index point (direction of travel/true North)? I used to know this by heart, but I haven’t used a map and compass in decades, so I’m relearning it all.

    Have a great day. :)
    Patrick.

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    Todd T
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    @texasbb

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    So, to be clear, where I live right now is -1 degree 26 minutes. So, when I adjust my compass, the orienteering arrow will be a little to the west of the index point (direction of travel/true North)?

    That’s right, though it might be more accurate to say the orienting arrow will be a little to the west of North on the dial.  What you said is right if North on the dial is aligned with the index pointer.

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