Navigation Basics: Topographic Map Symbols

Topographic maps contain a wealth of knowledge to the trained eye. Bellow is a basic guide to common topographic map symbols that you may encounter on your next outdoor adventure. Natural Features: This category is comprised of symbols that form the natural features of terrain. Man made structures such as dams, mines, cuts and other symbols are included …

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Navigation Basics: Scales

When reading any map the scale is important to understand. On United States Geologic Survey (USGS) Maps there are two scales: the fractional scale and the bar scale. Fractional scales can get a bit confusing as mathematics are involved, but please don’t stop reading; I promise it is not that bad! First of all, the name …

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Navigation Basics: Types of Maps

This is the first post for a new series titled “Navigation Basics”. When learning how to navigate in the wild it is best to start with the basics. Today we will talk about the map. Maps come in a variety of forms but the two major categories of maps are planimetric and topographic maps. Let us …

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