Any recommendations for learning compass use?
Can anyone suggest a good way to learn how to use a compass properly and get the most out of it? (GPS cannot lock onto satelites where I'm working). Are there any good books or something?
A little while, when on one of my research trips, I went treking out into a forest area to collect specimens. The forestry guys tried giving me the basics prior to heading out... "if heading west away from the logging road, then head east back towards it"... simple, right? Hehe, didn't quite work out as easily as I thought it would, and after an hour of being pre-occupied with collecting samples all over the place, it was time to head back... funny, the compass direction didn't quite line up with the way I though I should be going, but one can get pretty dissoriented after being absent minded looking for samples and who was I to doubt the compass? 2 hours later, I suddenly realize, I'm totally lost and nothing is even looking like original ecosystem I was supposed to get back to. I eventually came across a research plot by coincidence, and was able to use their trail marking to get myself out of the forest.
I considered myself extremely fortunate and learnt my lesson that day. Now, before taking off for my next field season, I'd really like to get all the proper compass know-how... any recommendations?