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Advanced Map Reading

Advanced Map Reading

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There are several techniques to help pinpoint your location on a map. Pinpointing your location is useful to make sure you’re moving in the right direction or can help you to relocate if you are lost.
There are several techniques to help pinpoint your location on a map. Pinpointing your location is useful to make sure you’re moving in the right direction or can help you to relocate if you are lost.

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Published by: Burt Gummer on Aug 18, 2008
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 Advancedmap reading
 
Introduction to advanced map reading
The aim o this leaet is to introduce you to some advanced map readingtechniques that can be useul when navigating. These techniques arelargely used when you are o the beaten track in mountainous or difcultterrain, where excellent navigation skills are essential.Beore reading this leaet you should have a good understanding o how touse a compass and map to navigate. Reading the Ordnance Survey leaets
Introduction to maps
and
Map reading made easy 
will give you a goodunderstanding o basic techniques.
Techniques to pinpoint your location
There are several techniques to help pinpoint your location on a map.Pinpointing your location is useul to make sure you’re moving in the rightdirection or can help you to relocate i you are lost. These techniques canbe used very eectively once you’ve learned to interpret the eatures oa map. Some methods will rely on your eyesight while others use yourcompass.
 
Pinpointing your location
1. Transit lines
When you know two or more eatures on a map will line up with one anotheralong your journey you can orm a transit line. As you walk along a track (whichappears on the map) there will only be a single point where two eatures appearin a direct line with each other.Draw a line on the map that crosses through both eatures and continuesacross the track you’re walking on. When you see the two eatures on thelandscape line up as you walk along the track you’ll be at the point where theline on your map crosses the track (as shown here).It’s also possible to create transit lines using linear eatures such as walls,ences or straight streams, even i the eatures won’t line up as they did above.By drawing lines on a map, extending the existing lines o linear eatures, youcan create several transit lines that will help you pinpoint your location (asshown below).ForestWallTrackTrackSite line through awood boundary anda ar-o church

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