You may think you have a reliable sense of direction. You may think you don’t need a compass to tell you which way is north. And, like me, if you live in the Denver area, you know that the mountains are to the west. However, once you are in the middle of those mountains, that is no longer a reliable method for determining direction. This is the time and place where a Brunton 7DNL Baseplate Map Compass will be invaluable.

The compass is commonly thought to have been invented in China more than 2,000 years ago. The first compasses were made of lodestone, which is a naturally magnetized form of the mineral magnetite. Originally, the compass was used for fortune-telling and predicting the future. Compasses at that time were often used to establish feng shui in buildings and homes. They were also used pinpoint the best area to plant crops and to locate gems buried in the ground.

Early sea-going navigators used landmarks and sunlight refracting through crystals to determine their heading. However, both of these methods only worked during bright daylight hours. The adaption of the compass for navigational use was not until many years later.

There are conflicting thoughts on exactly who and where the first compass was used for navigation. And it is often debated as to whether the compass spread from one civilization to another through trade, or if it was developed simultaneously in several areas. Regardless, it is now a vital tool for anyone exploring in areas with no street signs or convenient landmarks to indicate direction. The Brunton 7DNL Baseplate Map Compass is perfect for keeping you on track on all your outdoor adventures.