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Kaart Kompas GPS – Frans Welkamp: Get started

If you have zero knowledge of reading maps and using a compass this little booklet is a good start. It teaches you the basics and essentials and how to use them in the field. This book will give you a head start. It alsp teaches you the basics of a modern GPS.

Zakboek Kaart kompas GPS (Dutch)
: Frans Welkamp
Publisher: Kosmos Uitgevers
Dutch –  Paperback – 9789043921657 – 96 pages

Navigation by Pete Hawkings: Stepping up the navigation game.

This conveniently sized guide is an invaluable point of reference for all walkers. Written by an author with a wealth of experience teaching navigation skills, it provides a clear and comprehensive guide to the key techniques – giving you the confidence to navigate successfully with map and compass and to plan and execute your own routes.
All topics are clearly referenced and easy to find. Chapters cover scales and grids, map symbols and contours, compasses, bearings, navigation on the hill, route planning and night and bad weather navigation. This new edition also incorporates new content on walking with a GPS device, with notes on how technology can complement map and compass. The text is illustrated with explanatory photos and diagrams as well as extracts from real maps and map keys, and – since the best way to learn is through experience – throughout the guide, practical exercises are suggested to help you practise and develop your skills.

  • Format Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions 100 x 155 x 9mm
  • Publisher Cicerone Press
  • Language English
  • ISBN10 185284891X
  • ISBN13 9781852848910

I couldn’t get my hands on the paperback version but I bought de E-book on the publishers website.
This is most accessible advanced book, very well explained, not to technical but enough to know what to do in the field.

Be Expert with Map and Compass by Bjorn Kjellstrom, Carina Kjellstrom

The classic map and compass navigation guide-revised for the age of GPS

GPS devices are great, but they can break, get lost, or easily be hampered by weather conditions, making basic map and compass skills essential for anyone who spends time outdoors. This popular, easy-to-use orienteering handbook has been helping people find their way for more than fifty years. Now updated to include information on GPS as well as current Web sites, references, sources, and photographs, it remains the book of choice for professional outdoorsmen, novice orienteers, and outdoor organizations as well as teachers, scout leaders, recreational hikers, hunters, and others around the world.

Coverage includes understanding map symbols; traveling by map alone, by compass alone, or by map and compass together; finding bearings; sketching maps; and traveling in the wilderness.

  • Explains basic map and compass skills clearly
  • Fully updated edition, including information on GPS
  • Includes up-to-date Web site addresses, references, and sources
  • Features a fresh, rugged design
  • Ideal book for beginners
  • ISBN: 978-0-470-40765-3
  •  256 Pages

Handbook: Maps – Compass – GPS by Wolfgang Linke

Very solid (originally German) handbook on all aspects of orientation: finding your way around with or without tools. For beginners, the use of map and compass is discussed: for advanced users, other (and more modern) methods and instruments are discussed and practiced, including GPS, in which satellites are used. A fair amount of mathematical, astronomical, cartographic and geographical knowledge is expected from these users. Equipped with black and white photos, drawings, calculations and exercises. In the ‘Appendix’, among other things, the solutions, tables, arithmetic tricks, formulas, addresses, technical terms, equipment, literature, checklists, etc. Also contains a source reference and a register.

Hardcover – 22,3 x 13,5 x 2,5 cm – 288 pages – German & Dutch
Auteur: Wolfgang Linke
Uitgever: Kosmos-Z&K

This is like the bible for navigation. I’m now reading it for the third time in a row. This is really complicated and in depth information. That takes a lot of practice and study to master it.