The brace position creates a stable platform for you to take accurate bearings from. It makes it easier to use a map and a compass together by having the map on a flat stable base where you can take bearings from the map and then creates a good stance to get an accurate reading from your bearing.

To get in the brace position:

  1. Get down on one knee
  2. Place the map on the flat of your thigh
  3. Place the compass on top

Once you are in this position then you can easily take a bearing from your map and then use your compass to get a bearing.

If the terrain is too rough to get into the brace position then the easiest way to use a bearing is to raise the compass to between waist and chest height, then face the direction of travel and work of of that.

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