Safety bearing

Taking a Compass Safety Bearing

This is how you use your compass when you are completely lost! You don’t even need the map for this one!

Check on the map for the safety bearing. The direction will always be one of the four cardinal points. The place you will get to will be a linear feature such as a road, trail, river, power line etc. We will suppose it says “west to the road”.

Rotate the compass housing (dial) until the “W” is at the direction of travel arrow on the base plate. Turn your whole body until the red end is over the ‘N’. You are now facing west. Go roughly that way, avoiding large obstacles until you come to the road. If you are exhausted or really confused this will be a good place to wait.

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