# How do you orient a topographic map?

## How do you orient a topographic map?

There are four ways to orient a map:

1. I. BY COMPASS. With a protractor, draw a magnetic north line anywhere on your map.
2. II. BY DISTANT OBJECTS.
3. III. BY WATCH AND SUN – (in the Northern Hemisphere)
4. IV. BY THE STARS.

Do you orient a map to true north or magnetic north?

Orienting your map in the field allows you to make sense of surrounding terrain, determine your position, and identify your desired direction of travel. To do this, you’ll need to adjust for the difference between Magnetic North (where your compass points) and True North (which maps are oriented towards).

What does it mean to orient a map?

Remember, “orienting a map” means turning it so that it reflects real life, so that what’s north on the map is what’s north in real life. Typically, you will have to orient a trail map or a road map.

### How do you orientate?

Orienting a Map: Two Methods

1. Adjust for magnetic declination. When orienting a map, our aim is to position it so that the north-south grid lines on the map (eastings) are aligned north-south.
2. Align North on your Compass with North on the Map. Lay your map out in front of you on a relatively flat and smooth (and dry!)

How do you set a map to North?

Simply hold your map out flat in front of you and drop your compass onto it. When your compass settles, move the map to align it in the same the direction of the North pointing direction arrow on your compass. You’ve now aligned the top of the map, which you know to be grid North, to Magnetic north.

How do I find true north from my location?

You can also accomplish this by aligning the orienting arrow and the direction of travel arrow. Then, hold out your compass and turn your body until the needle points to your declination. The orienting arrow and direction of travel arrow indicate true north.

## How do you orient yourself in an environment without a map and compass?

So here are 12 easy ways to navigate without a compass:

1. Use The Sun To Find North.
2. Find North With The Stars.
3. Learn To Read Topographical Maps.
4. Use Big Landmarks To Track Your Location.
5. Follow The Edges of Water.
6. Practice Your Own Mapping Skills.
7. The General Awareness Method.
8. Learn To Walk In A Straight Line.

How do you orientate a map without a compass?