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You Will Need
- A map
- A compass
- A ruler
Find the compass rose
Find the compass rose on the map to determine the directions on the map. The compass rose resembles a flower and will usually have the letter N at the top point, representing north.
Match the compass with the map
Align the direction you're facing with a direction on the map by using your compass.
Find a large landmark or land formation to orient yourself. If you see a mountain range on your map and in front of you, find where you are on the map roughly based on your relation to the mountain range
Find the scale
Find the map's scale. The scale looks like a small ruler, often near the bottom of a map. This will tell you how many miles per inch the map is scaled to.
Learn the symbols
Learn the symbols by finding the map key, which is usually near the bottom. The map key tells you what the symbols on the map represent, such as an airplane for an airport or a tree to symbolize a park.
Learn the latitude and longitude
Find your latitude and longitude point on the map. Latitude lines go east and west and longitude lines go north and south, and where they cross at your location is your point of reference.
Map your route
Use your location to plot a route on the map, and enjoy your trip.