If you have ever been lost in the woods you’d know that it is absolutely no fun. Well, with the help of at least two landmarks on your map or in your mind and a compass it should be possible for you to find out roughly where you’re in the woods. Let’s take a look at how you can utilize your compass to do this.
First, hold your compass up at eye level and set the direction of travel arrow at a landmark you can spot such as a mountain peak or a clearing. Try to keep the compass still and turn the dial towards the north point of the magnetic arrow so that the magnetic arrow is within the same path as the orienting arrow.
Use your map and place the compass on it to find a spot where the baseplate on the compass intercepts the landmark you used to focus the compass. Next, turn the compass on the map until the orienting arrow will line up directly with the lines of latitude and longitude on the map. Don’t focus on the magnetic needle but draw a line from the landmark down the entire baseplate.
Repeat all of these steps again with the second landmark you can see and the place in which the two lines intersect on the map will be exactly where you’re standing.
Lastly, follow bearing on your compass according to the map where the trail ends or there’s an exit from the wooded area.