Hello and welcome to this lesson of the online course Wilderness Navigation Masters.
You will learn:
How to take a bearing from your map and follow it in the field.
This is a key skill that you will often use to navigate in the wilderness because it does work even when it’s dark and you don’t have enough landmarks to use.
But in order to work:
You have to know both, where you are on your map and your arrival point on the map too.
When you are able to locate these two points on your map, you are able to take a bearing from your map and follow it, till you arrive at your destination.
But you should have a distinguishable easy-to-see arrival point landmark to not miss it, and get lost.
And like we’ve seen in previous lessons, the more your arrival point is far away, our navigation gets less accurate.
For that, we have to use checkpoints, preferably linear landmarks intersections during our travel to correct our walking deviation.
Another technique that you can use to be more accurate in your navigation in the wilderness, is to count your steps in a smart way which you will learn in one of the next lessons.
How to take a bearing from your map and follow it in the field:
Now let’s see how can you take a bearing from your map and follow it.[Skip video to 1:29]
Like always, to remember what you’ve just learned in this lesson you have to practice it. So, let’s see what you have as an exercise.
That’s all for this lesson, if you have a question, you can leave it in the comments section below, to get an answer from me or one of the other students.
Thank you and see you in the lesson.
Updated on June 7, 2021 by Ben