Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, &

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A classic handbook for learning to navigate-extensively updated to include the newest trends and devices* GPS chapter completely updated to reflect newer models and features of GPS receivers now available * Expanded to include a section on routefinding on glaciers, along with additional information on changing declination * Extensive illustrated examples of orientation and navigation Proceed with confidence when heading off-road or off-trail with the second edition of Wilderness Navigation. Whether you are ...
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Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & GPS, 2nd Ed.

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Overview

A classic handbook for learning to navigate-extensively updated to include the newest trends and devices* GPS chapter completely updated to reflect newer models and features of GPS receivers now available * Expanded to include a section on routefinding on glaciers, along with additional information on changing declination * Extensive illustrated examples of orientation and navigation Proceed with confidence when heading off-road or off-trail with the second edition of Wilderness Navigation. Whether you are climbing a glacier, orienteering in the backcountry, or on an easy day hike, Mike and Bob Burns cover all the latest technology and time-tested methods to help you learn to navigate-from how to read a map to compasses and geomagnetism. Bob Burns is a long-time member of The Mountaineers. He has taught classes in the use of map and compass since the late 1970s. Mike Burns is an avid climber. He has instructed climbing and navigation classes, and written articles for Climbing magazine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898869538
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: Mountaineers Outdoor Basics Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 315,977
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 8
Introduction 10
1. Map Basics 13
USGS Topographic Maps 14
How to Read Topographic Maps 15
Limitations of Maps 23
Customizing and Modifying Maps 24
Carrying Maps on a Wilderness Trip 24
Where to Get Maps 25
The Importance of the Map 26
2. Compass Basics 27
Types of Base Plate Compasses 29
Bearings 30
Bearings in the Field 31
Magnetic Declination 34
Back Bearings 38
Bearings on the Map 39
Practicing with the Compass 41
Tips on Compass Use 42
The Map and Compass: A Checklist 43
And for the Last Time 45
3. Orientation with Map and Compass 46
Point Position 47
Line Position 47
Area Position 48
Orienting a Map 50
Direction and Bearing of the Slope 51
A Reminder 53
4. Navigation with Map and Compass 54
Map and Compass 54
Compass Alone 56
Using Intermediate Objectives 56
The Intentional Offset ("Aiming Off") 57
The Parallel Path 58
Navigating around an Obstruction 59
Always Know Where You Are Headed, and Consider the Return Route 60
A Reminder 61
5. Lost! 62
How to Avoid Getting Lost 62
What If You Do Get Lost? 68
6. More About Maps 71
Distance Measurement on the Map 71
Slope Measurement on the Map 74
Range, Township, and Section 77
7. More About Compasses and Geomagnetism 81
Where to Get Declination Information 81
Changes in Declination 82
Dip 86
Using the Clinometer 87
Other Types of Compasses 88
8. The Altimeter 92
What the Altimeter Is and How It Works 92
Types of Altimeters 92
Effects of Weather on Altimeters 93
Precision and Accuracy 94
Effects of Temperature on Altimeters 94
Cautions When Using the Altimeter in Wilderness Travel 94
Orientation 94
Navigation 95
Decision Making 95
Use of Bearing of the Slope with the Altimeter 96
9. The Global Positioning System 97
Selecting a GPS Receiver 97
Getting Started with GPS 98
Using a GPS Receiver in Wilderness Navigation 99
Orientation Using GPS and UTM Coordinates 101
Navigation Using GPS and UTM Coordinates 104
Datums, Zones, and Bands 105
Limitations of GPS Receivers 106
10. Wilderness Routefinding 109
On the Trail 110
In the Forest 111
In Alpine Areas 113
On Snow 114
Wands 116
On Glaciers 118
Moats and Bergschrunds 120
The Bootprint 121
The Art of Wilderness Routefinding 122
Bibliography 124
Appendix Wilderness Navigation Practice Problems 127
Index 138
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    Add compass reading to your outdoor skills

    I started hiking and mountain biking last year and had been using only my GPS marking trails visited. We had to do some boundary marking and I went out with an experianced search and rescue person who gave me a quick lesson in map and compass, and he put me right on top of each boundary pin or within three feet for the full two plus miles of some good hiking area.
    Mountaineersbooks are proactive and send me a corrected page by email once I visited their web site.

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