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Here are the steps:
- Know where you are on the map and where you want to go on the map.
- Place the edge of your compass between the start location and the end location.
- Turn the face of the compass so that the north mark on the face is aligned with north on the map. The grid lines are useful for this alignment.
- Hold your compass flat in front of you and turn your body until the red end of the needle and the red arrow on your compass face are lined up.
- Follow the direction.
The best way to follow a bearing accurately is to look for an object in the distance that is in the right direction and travel towards that object. Do not walk and watch your compass the whole time or you will introduce errors in your direction. Walking to a distant object also allows you to traverse poor terrain more easily because you can go around obstacles instead of through them.
Do not trust yourself to walk in a particular direction without a reference point in the distance, it isn't possible.