Orientating the Map
Orientating the map is a fundamental key in orienteering. What this means is, the map always has to be facing north and that way the map will match the ground and vice versa. It will stop you from making 180 degree errors and save you a lot of time!
Remember: To frequently check that the map is facing north every time you change direction.
Compass Work - when setting a bearing set the edge of the compass along the line of travel. Then dial in the bezel lines on the compass so they match the northern lines on the map. Lastly turn your body with the map till the needle of the compass points north too.
Remember: Bearings can be very handy in areas where there are limited paths and keep checking that compass!