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Hi everybody my name is Greenhorn and this is my first post. I've been reading a lot here though and you guys seem to know your stuff. I have collected the ten essentials and I bought a Silva compass. It has a plastic base about 1.5" by 3" with cm and inch scales, a needle with a white end and a red end and a round part that seems to turn all the way around with a red "N" and numbers up to 360 on it. I have a topo map of the area I live in. I was out trying it out yesterday trying to determine how to "orient the map" and use the compass to get back home but I gave up in frustration.
Since the compass is considered so important by you guys, I was wondering why it is considered essential if it isn't easy to use? I though maybe I could just set it so it would always point to home???
How would I actually use it to determine if I was on the right trail or not? Its kinda forested here. So far everything I've read said "to take a class" but I don't know where to do that here. Can someone tell me how to use a compass and map, or is this like an insider thing that if you don't know how to use it, its not of much value and if so why is it considered essential? Does my location affect it at all?