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How to Walk on a Bearing

Adjust Compass for declination if using bearings with a map.

Take bearing of destination or landmark, if the destination or landmark is a long way away, choose an intermediary object that is visible and located along the direction of travel arrow.  Do not turn the compass housing after you have taken the bearing.

Walk to the intermediary or final destination via the easiest route, it doesn’t have to be a straight line and you don’t have to look at the compass while you are walking, just walk towards the destination

Check to make sure your are still aligned with the original bearing.
Stop walking, hold the compass but do not adjust the housing, turn your body until the red (north seeking) end of the compass is inside the orienting arrow, the direction of travel arrow should now be pointing towards the object.
Take a back bearing to the intermediary or starting point.  It should be 180° from the direct bearing that was taken from that point.  If it isn’t walk from one side to another until it is.  Then turn around and sight on the original bearing, a mistake of a few degrees can result in a significant mistake in the distance fro your final destination.

Repeat the above steps until the objective is reached

Important: Participation Statement

Climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death.
Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

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