The Compass: A Tool for All Seasons
If there is one piece of equipment that every outdoor person should always carry, it's the compass. It doesn't matter if you hike the mountains or fish your favorite lake: a compass can get you where you want to go -- and back again.
For hikers, the compass is a security blanket when they explore areas off the beaten path. Getting away from crowds and finding that secluded spot only a few pioneering souls have ventured off to, is easier with a compass in hand. Weekend wanderers also benefit from a compass on remote trails that twist, wind and branch often enough to confuse even the seasoned hiker.
For hikers, a compact, versatile compass is the best option. One that can be worn around the neck or pinned to a shirt so it is easily accessible. The Silva Landmark is a great hiker's compass because it is rugged and allows the user to take fast and accurate readings.
Backpackers live for a week or more with the equipment and food that fits into a pack. They know the value of packing proper tools, including a compass. They should have a compass that can be used with a map because they have specific destinations in mind and need to maximize travel time. A baseplate compass with several map scales is the ideal choice.
What about the not-so-serious adventurers? Hunters also use compasses, especially big-game hunters. They use a compass to locate a tree stand or to find an ambush point they may have found earlier. If they need help carrying a kill out of the woods, they can use a compass to get back to the site. Sometimes hunting requires tracking, and in a heavily wooded area, a compass is the difference between knowing where you are in relation to the woods around you and that feeling of being completely lost.
For anglers, a compass is as invaluable as their favorite lure. It can be used to locate a piece of productive water or to mark a hot spot for next time. Anglers can also use landmarks with a compass to establish a good fishing location. Silva's Sportsman's Tool Model 625L is popular with anglers because it floats.
Canoeists can more easily navigate across open water to a remote island or specific campsite with a compass. Some people still believe that the compass is only for the wilderness explorer. In fact, a compass is a tool for all outdoor activities in any season.