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In this world of GPS navigation where you simply plug in a set of coordinates and go where the little gizmo tells you to basic land navigation skills have fallen by the wayside in many cases. But what if the government takes the GPS system off line? It has happened in the past and will probably happen again in the future. What if they decide to put a 100 meter offset back on the system for civilian GPS receivers again? Do you have the basic skills necessary to read a map? Move from point A to point B using a compass and map? Find your location with only a map and compass?

Step 1: Tools of the Trade

Basic land navigation only requires three (3) "tools". A topographic map, a compass (for this Instructable I will be using a basic orienteering compass), and a dry erase marker (if your map is laminated or sealed in plactic) or pencil.
<p> The best thing about &quot;Old School' land nav is: It works without batteries day or night.</p>
<p>Thank you for this information, it has been about 20 yrs since i learned this while in boot camp. Your right it is a skill that anyone that spend some time outdoors should know. You never know when the gps in your car will go, or what if the battery goes dead? Thanks again for the info.</p>
Thanks for the informational reply. :)
Where do you get your topo maps from?
I use a program called TOPO! From Nat Geo. you can get one for your state and download the other states as needed or you can usually pick up topo maps at most land survey offices for about $12 per sheet, though they may not have the area you are looking for. <br>Thanks for the comment!<br><br>And as always Train to Survive!
I use a program called TOPO! From Nat Geo. you can get one for your state and download the other states as needed or you can usually pick up topo maps at most land survey offices for about $12 per sheet, though they may not have the area you are looking for. <br>Thanks for the comment!<br><br>And as always Train to Survive!
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Thank you for the comments! <br>
Awesome IBLE. especially like that you included instructions how to resection. keep up the good work.
very cool ive also read the ifak and survivial kit. im deff going to copy everything you have in each. thanks <br>

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