The skill of being able to read a map and compass is valuable to any person. These skills are used in most peoples every day life. Before most people head out on vacation they usually begin the trip by going over a highway map or a map that you might get off the internet or from a travel agency. Most people find it helpful to have even a simple map drawn for them when going to a new place. A simple sketch of mapped directions to a new friend’s house or even to a birthday party is helpful to find your way there. Most people will stop at the nearest service station to try and get directions to where they are going. This can be helpful as well as confusing, be sure to try and draw a picture of which ay to go, or at least right down which direction to turn. The success of any gathering rests upon how skillfully the direction are given or drawn for each person invited.
Having map and compass skills can be unique because they come in very handy in a wide range of outdoor activities. People that spend a lot of their time doing outdoor activities have a special need for these skills. Most the time their activities outside take them away from most familiar landmarks and the securities of the civilized world. Most sportsmen travel with the terrain around them and not in a straight path, if they do not have they skills they can become lost very easily. For all of us becoming lost in these types of areas can be any where from annoying to becoming tragic in no time. Besides safety, there are a lot of other uses for maps and compass skills. Fisherman as well as hunters use these skills to find direction to their favorite fishing and hunting spots. If you are seeking an outdoor profession forestry, engineering and surveying depend a lot on their ability to use a map and compass accurately.
There are a few different types of maps that can be used, but first thing we need to know is what is a map exactly. A map is more than simply a sheet of paper with lines drawn on it. A map will most likely represent a portion of the surface of the earth as we would view it from a vertical perspective. Then we will take that view and convert it to a useable size for us. The most commonly used maps are the road maps showing the transportation routes and cities. Soil maps will show us what kind of soils we will find in those areas. If we are looking for a map to show us the structure of the earth’s crust, types of rocks, and forms of life found as fossils in an area we will need a geological map to help us find the right area. To show how a portion of the earth’s surface is being used a land use map is the best map for that.
The benefits of knowing how to use maps and compasses are simply endless. No matter where you are going or what you want to explore or discover these skills are certainly needed. A map and compass function the best when you can use them together to help you fond the place you want to go. If there ever comes a day when you get lost in the city or in the woods you will be very happy you took the time to learn such skills.