This is how you navigate
As easy as 1-2-3

3 easy steps to get started

Navigating with map and compass is as easy as 1-2-3.
But learn this before you head out!

Step 1

Place the compass on the map so that the edge of the ruler forms a straight line between your current position and where you want to be: your destination. Make sure the direction arrow is pointing towards your destination.

Step 2

Turn the compass housing so that the red part of the north arrow is parallel to the meridians of the map and points north on the map. The appearance and color code varies between different compass models, but north is usually marked with N.

Step 3

Lift the compass from the map and hold it horizontally in your hand. Turn the body and compass so that the red end of the needle lines up with the red north arrow. Now the direction arrow points to your destination. Take direction towards a landmark (also called aiming mark) along the direction arrow and start moving. Good luck!

Check out our simple video

Want to see how it works? No problem, we've made an instructional video for you. Watch this one-minute animated video to see the three steps.

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This is how you navigate

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