YonYonson, a small web development company out northern England, is offering a free map and compass training application that you can download onto your desktop.
The product, known as Cardinal Points, uses an interactive compass, and an expansive 360 degree panoramic view of the Castlerigg Stone Circle to guide you through key navigational techniques. The panorama allows users to pan around and take bearings from individual stones using the compass, while giving the feeling of really being out there.
Many modern day hikers rely on a GPS to navigate through the wilderness these days. However, you should always have a map and compass as a back-up. What if your batteries die? What if you lose service or connection for whatever reason? Having an old-fashioned map and compass - and knowing how to use them - could get you "un-lost" someday.
For novices, Cardinal Points is a good starting point for learning these important skills. You can click here for more information and to download the program.
Thanks to My Life Outdoors for the heads-up on this.