How to Find North Using a Compass
A compass is a tool we use to determine our direction and position. It predates the GPS and Google Maps.
How does a compass work?
The most important component of a compass is the needle – a magnet balanced on a central pivot that will always point to magnetic north. The end that points north is coloured red.
How to find north with a compass
North is wherever the red end of the needle is pointing.
How do I ensure I’m facing north?
To accurately face north, hold your compass out in front of you, making sure the compass is level (horizontal). If the compass is not level, it can restrict the free rotation of the needle and give you a false reading.
With the compass level and pointing away from you, look down the directional arrow of the compass and rotate your bodyslowly on the spot. Watch the needle – as you rotate, it spins in the opposite direction!
When the red end of the needle and the directional arrow line up, you’re facing north. Simple.