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.