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Be Expert with Map and Compass, 3rd Edition



Be Expert with Map and Compass, 3rd Edition

Bjorn Kjellstrom, Carina Kjellstrom Elgin

ISBN: 978-0-470-50858-9 November 2009 256 Pages


The classic map and compass navigation guide-revised for the age of GPS

GPS devices are great, but they can break, get lost, or easily be hampered by weather conditions, making basic map and compass skills essential for anyone who spends time outdoors. This popular, easy-to-use orienteering handbook has been helping people find their way for more than fifty years. Now updated to include information on GPS as well as current Web sites, references, sources, and photographs, it remains the book of choice for professional outdoorsmen, novice orienteers, and outdoor organizations as well as teachers, scout leaders, recreational hikers, hunters, and others around the world.

Coverage includes understanding map symbols; traveling by map alone, by compass alone, or by map and compass together; finding bearings; sketching maps; and traveling in the wilderness.

  • Explains basic map and compass skills clearly
  • Fully updated edition, including information on GPS
  • Includes up-to-date Web site addresses, references, and sources
  • Features a fresh, rugged design
  • Ideal book for beginners

If you're looking to feel more comfortable in the wilderness, this updated guide is an indispensable reference.

Preface to the Third Edition v

Introduction The Art (and Science) of Orienteering 1

The Map and Compass in Your Everyday Life 3

The Map and Compass in the Outdoors 5

Map and Compass for the Family 7

Map and Compass Bringing People Together 8

Using the Map and Compass in Education 9

The “Romance” of Orienteering 10

Part I Discovery: Fun with Maps Alone 11

What Is a Map? 12

What the Map Tells 20

Traveling by Map 52

Part II Exploration: Fun with the Compass 65

The Origin of the Compass 67

Compass Design Basics 73

Traveling by Compass Alone 74

Test Your Compass Skills 85

Fishing and Hunting: Special Use of Your Compass 102

Part III Adventure: Fun with Map and Compass 109

The Excitement of the Uncertain 112

Traveling by Map and Compass—Orienteering 126

Hints on Wilderness Orienteering 143

Part IV Challenge: Competitive Orienteering 149

The History of the Sport of Orienteering 151

Your First Orienteering Race 171

Hints on Competitive Orienteering 180

Organizing an Orienteering Event 195

Preparing the Course 196

Running an Orienteering Event 212

Answers to Tests 223

Glossary 227

Map and Compass Resources 231

International Orienteering Federation Control Descriptions 233

Index 239