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Where, Oh Where, is My Compass Rose?? . Joe Ladwig <‘)>>>>>< Lighthouse Christian Academy Bloomington, IN  . Compass Rose Basics. Most maps and charts are oriented to North Either magnetic north, where your compass looks Or True north, where the North Pole ACTUALLY IS!

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where oh where is my compass rose

Where, Oh Where, is My Compass Rose??

Joe Ladwig <‘)>>>>><

Lighthouse Christian Academy

Bloomington, IN 

compass rose basics
Compass Rose Basics
  • Most maps and charts are oriented to North
    • Either magnetic north, where your compass looks
    • Or True north, where the North Pole ACTUALLY IS!
  • The cardinal headings spell NEWS (sort of)
    • They are 90 apart
  • Inter-Cardinal headings (NE, SE, SW & NW) split the circle into 8 sections and arebetween the cardinal headings
    • They “bisect” the cardinal angles (@ 45)
compass rose basics3
Compass Rose Basics
  • The compass rose counts 0 to 360 through all of the degrees of a circle
    • N: 000
    • E: 090
    • S: 180
    • W: 270 and …
    • N: 360 (yep, again.)
four points of compass anatomy

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Four Points of Compass Anatomy
  • The Base
    • Point the arrow (or long end) away from you for navigation
    • Provides map reading helpers (parallel lines) for map track alignment
  • Rotating Bezel
    • Provides the “Compass Bearing” readout around its face
    • Turns the Shed
four points of compass anatomy5

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Four Points of Compass Anatomy
  • Needle
    • North (el Norte…) is,

“the Reddest End”

  • Lanyard
    • Attach it to you securely.
    • This TOOL is your best friend when tumbling head-over-heels down a hillside
let s put fred in the shed

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Let’s Put FRED in the Shed!!!
  • Let’s set a course of travel…
    • Due East
  • First ROTATE the Bezel
    • East should be at the arrow end
  • Assume tracking posture
    • Compass in hand,
    • Hand against your belly,
    • Lanyard taught above waist high
let s put fred in the shed7

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Let’s Put FRED in the Shed!!!
  • Rotate yourself and
    • Put the reddest end of the needle in the shed
  • Holding the reddest end of the needle “FRED” in the outlined arrow “the Shed”
    • Will keep you on an Easterly track indefinitely
practice setting a track or two
Practice Setting a Track or Two
  • Set-up a Westerly (due West) track
  • Set-up a Southwesterly (225) track
  • Set-up a Northeasterly (045) track
  • Set-up a Southerly (due South) track
the orienteering target constellation

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The Orienteering Target Constellation

HELP Desk

orienteering plan
Orienteering Plan
  • Grab an appropriate orienteering sheet
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
  • Let’s head out to the…

and we’ll begin.

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