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How to obtain a bearing from a map

Rotate the dial to line up orienting lines
This five-step process will help you determine your direction of travel. 

1. Find your location on the map using visual cues such as hills, valleys, or waterway

2. Use the compass baseplate edge to make a line from your current location to your destination

Use the compass baseplate edge to make a line from your current location to your destination

Use the compass baseplate edge to make a line from your current location to your destination

3. Keep your compass still, but rotate the dial to line up orienting lines to match the north/south eastings (gridlines) on the map.

Rotate the dial to line up orienting lines

Rotate the dial to line up orienting lines

4. The dial will indicate the degree bearing; take away the map, and spin yourself so the true north arrow points to 22 degrees – the declination value for New Zealand.

Spin yourself so the true north arrow points to 22 degrees

Spin yourself so the true north arrow points to 22 degrees

5. The direction of travel arrow will indicate the direction to walk. Pick a visual point in the line of travel (a tree or boulder, for example) walk there, and then find a new point using the same bearing. Continue on until reaching your destination.