Being able to navigate, especially in remote backcountry and difficult to access areas, is a critical component of outdoor safety. Whether you use a traditional map and compass or a GPS device, learning to use these tools in the field before heading into unfamiliar territory is essential. Even when hiking on marked trails, it’s still a good idea to carry a topographic map and compass, just in case you take a wrong turn and become disoriented. If using a GPS, always make sure to check that the battery is fully charged before heading out the door, and be sure to keep your navigation equipment protected from exposure to the elements. Need to gear up? Check out our great deals on compasses and other navigation equipment from Brunton, High Gear and other brands.