Hike Navigation

Hike Navigation

Stay on route

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Using your compass to orient yourself and your map and then identifying objects on the map in your real world will keep you going the right direction.

Anatomy of a compass


There are many different types of compasses, but for hiking/bushwalking, it’s important to purchase a unit that can reliably measure bearings and help you determine your route of travel. 

Navigating at night


Navigating at Night need not be as daunting as it sounds. Provided that the skies are working for you and are not covered in cloud. If you can find the Southern Cross, or ‘Crux’ by its astronomical name, you can easily find the South Celestial Pole (SCP), an imaginary point in the sky directly above south.

Planning your hiking route on PC


Planning your own hiking route can be a rewarding experience. It helps you discover new places. Planning your hiking route on your computer provides you with the tools to easily determine and review your route with the few clicks of your mouse.

Rock cairns for navigation


The rise of “pointless” rock stacks (cairns) are angering some in the bushwalking community, who believe they impinge on the natural environment and can lead hikers astray.

Using a GPS

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Have you purchased your first GPS unit and now find yourself staring at the screen wondering how to use a GPS? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

How to read a map


Knowing how to read a map isn’t difficult, for most people, given training, a bit of practise and continual use. The symbols, topography lines and direction helpers all might require a little understanding, but the answers are all right there. 

Following a Bearing

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The easiest way to ensure you are following a bearing is to pick an easily identifiable object, such as a tree or rock, in the distance,along the line indicated by the direction of travel arrow.