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Think of the rhyme "Red Fred in the Shed" to remember how to face north. As you perform the steps below, remember the following.

  • To face north, move your body–not the compass.
  • Think of the red magnetic needle as "red Fred."
  • Think of "N" (the north indicator) as the "shed."
  • Follow these steps to face north.
    1. Twist the dial until N is lined up with the direction-of-travel arrow.
    2. Keep the compass level as you point the direction-of-travel arrow directly away from your waist.
    3. Keeping the compass in the same position with your body, turn your body until the red needle aligns with the N (think of it as putting "red Fred in the shed"). You now face north.