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Using a Compass To Travel Along a Known Bearing

  • Hold the compass level, and rotate the azimuth ring until the specified bearing (such as 240°) lines up with the direction-of-travel arrow.
  • Turn the compass, not the azimuth ring, until the orienting arrow lines up with the north end (usually red) of the magnetic needle.
  • Follow the direction-of-travel arrow toward your destination.
  • Periodically, recheck your bearing. Also, recheck your location on a map.

Another Direction Finder

You can use an analog watch—the kind with hands—to find south. With the watch on a flat surface, rotate it to point the hour hand at the sun. South is the direction halfway between the hour hand and 12. (If the watch is set to daylight savings time, south is the direction halfway between the hour hand and 1.)