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Navigation – Basics of the map key

Navigation – Basics of the map key

Difference between topo and other map types and the best ones for navigating in foot versus vehicle Compass do’s and don’ts and nomenclature. How to use a sighting compass How to orient yourself to the map How to figure out your location How to get from A – B Final thoughts and advice. This will be the first 4 days the fifth day is a practical application tip or two. Map and compass use There are a few important things to understand when you first look at a map. 1. Scale? How big is the area the map represents? Most modern maps have distance scales on the bottom of the page or in the back of a book of maps. They usually relate an inch or centimeter on paper to the equivalent distance on the ground (this measurement does not take terrain into consideration). 2. Legend and key Usually located in the bottom corner of a map, the legend or key will explain what each symbol on the map represents. It also contains important information like declination and elevation line value. 3. Map type Topographic maps (show terrain differences with elevation lines) vary differently from road maps and satellite maps. Make sure you have the right map for your objective. Road maps are designed for travel by vehicle and prioritize road identifications, this may seem like a no brainer but a map looks like a map when you are in a hurry. Topographic (aka topo maps) will show roads but identification is a low priority. They show terriain by marking lines at specific elevations. They also show water ways,...

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