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Wilderness Navigation and Route Planning

Wilderness Navigation and Route Planning

Wilderness navigation requires planning routes across terrain that doesn’t have pre-defined trails or roads to follow. While following a route using a map and compass, GPS, map-to-terrain association or just dead reckoning is required, those tools and techniques don’t provide you with the skills to plan good cross-country routes. Part art and part experience, learning how to plan […]

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Suunto M3 D/L Compass

Suunto M-3 D Declination Adjustable Compass

The Suunto M-3 D Compass is a baseplate style adventure compass with a declination adjustment that is optimized for use in forested or mountainous terrain where you can rarely see your destination. I’ve been using mine for 4 years, ever since I became really interested in off-trail hiking and navigation and started teaching those skills as […]

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GPSFileDepot Home Page - Free GPS Topo Maps for Garmin GPS Receivers

GPSFileDepot – Free Garmin GPS Maps

If you own a Garmin GPS receiver, you can save yourself a chunk of change by downloading and installing the free user contributed maps available at which has an excellent collection of US topographic maps, as well as maps from all over the world. The site provides also provides an excellent set of tutorials that describe […]

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