Make Ready to Survive – Land Navigation

Runtime: 01hr, 40min
(9 customer reviews)


About Video

Being able to read a map and use a compass can be the difference between being lost and getting to your intended destination safely. In this video, Paul Howe introduces you to land navigation. He reviews maps and map development, components of a map, terrain features and contour lines, protractors, resection, declination, compasses, pace count, dead reckoning, cone of direction, route planning, field techniques, orienteering, and much more. Paul is a high-risk training instructor that served 20 years in the US Army, ten of those in Special Operations. He served as a Tactical Team Leader and Senior Instructor while assigned to Army Special Operations. During his tour in special operations he was involved in several combat actions. One of the most notable was the battle of Mogadishu that was later portrayed in the motion picture Black Hawk Down. Relying on your cell phone or dash mounted GPS is simply not enough.

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Reviews (9)

9 reviews for Make Ready to Survive – Land Navigation

  1. Walter Jennings

    I teach land navigation for our county search and rescue team, Mr. Howe does a very good job with the subject. His examples are well thought out. I especially like some of his practical suggestions, many of which I had never seen before.

  2. Charles Porth

    This is a good overview of the land navigation topic. Its basically the SF Q course basic land nav course advice in a hour. If you want to get to where you want to go with just a map and compass, follow his advice.
    1.Use Attack points with short dead reckoning routes.
    2. Avoid WATER and DRAWS
    3. Use a cone of travel with a known offset(left or right with some linear backstop.
    protect yourself and eyes
    A good basic overview

  3. brandon talley

    Too much focus on military maps. Not enough helpful civilian real life examples. He did not show how to calibrate your compass for declination. I recommend taking an REI Navigation course. It was superior to this.


    Never having any prior land navigation training myself, this was a great introduction to the subject, including use of different compasses & the aid of protractors.

  5. Kevin Nelson

    this is a great video to help you get started in land navigation.

  6. Steven Nunes

    This video – Land Navigation is the 13th and Final video in the “Make Ready to Survive” series of videos from Panteao Productions. Paul Howe is the presenter, and he does an excellent job of introducing Land Navigation concepts. He starts off with a discussion of maps – their components and how terrain features are described. In later parts of the video, he covers compasses, pace count, and route planning. This video contains a wealth of information not discussed in earlier videos in the series.

  7. Timothy Lyons

    Excellent video from Paul Howe regarding map reading and proper navigation. While it’s no match for hands-on practice, this is a great primer for understanding the features you will be using while navigating with map and compass.

  8. JavierJaldin

    Excellent information, specially about maps. you will learn the basics for popper orientation.

  9. Branden

    Great overview of land navigation. Straight and to the point.

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