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A COMPASS with a base plate is, of course, the traditional navigational tool to use with a map if visibility is poor or the terrain unclear. Digital navigation is a hugely useful tool; but a compass is a tiny fraction of the cost and weight of a GPS unit – and it doesn’t need batteries. All it requires is the knowledge of how to use it. I always carry one.

All compasses suitable for hill navigation have a transparent base plate and a liquid-filled circular capsule that can be rotated. The advantage of this design over a simple circular compass is that it can be used to get a bearing from one point to another either on the ground or

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