Maps and Compass

1:24 a.m. on July 30, 2009 (EDT)
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Just curious if anybody has a good recommendation for an excellant in depth maps and compass book. I am hoping to get some good information on orienteering. Anything from navigating using the stars, to a compass, to reading quadrangles. Thanks for your help!!!

2:44 a.m. on July 30, 2009 (EDT)
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Try this website:

Beyond the ad to buy the book is the basic info from within.

http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/manual/mapcompass.shtml

It is in three very descriptive pages. Go to the bottom of each page to get to the next.

Also use this webpage

http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/factsheets/fs03501.html

Also this one

http://www.gpsnuts.com/myGPS/GPS/Tutorials/Maps/maps.htm

And:

http://www.map-reading.com/

At the last one use the left side of the site to see everything you want to know.

You can find all the info you need online, just put map and compass in the websearch column. Print or save to your computer the above websites.

I learned map and compass in Boy Scouts about 40 years ago. GPS is probably nice, but being able to use a simple nontech compass and read a topo map is priceless. I still do. In fact I still have the first compass I got when I was 12 years old. And one of my first merit badges was in map and compass.

Need to see some great maps go to this site:

http://www.mapcard.com/

For as little as $19.95 a year there are all the maps (1/12,000 to 1/200,000 scale)you'll ever need on that USGS site. You can print as many maps as you need, see aerial photos in color, use Java to mark routes, etc on those maps and save the info to your PC or laptop as I do. I have used Mapcard for 5 or so years.

Also Googleearth has a free great site to download, I use both GE and MC to compare for all my hikes.

Enjoy this huge continent we have and all its splendors!

Gary Palmer

12:57 p.m. on August 1, 2009 (EDT)
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I like the great old classic: Be Expert With Map and Compass by Bjorn Kjellstrom. There are newer books that are good, but this one is a proven winner for many decades.

1:44 p.m. on August 1, 2009 (EDT)
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This is basic to in-depth some people have a hard time following it some don't bit it worth a look. I web based with downloadable labs in pdf or power point formats and its free.

You can read about it here.
http://landnavigation.org/default.aspx

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