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View Poll Results: Do you set the declination on your compass?
Yes 17 77.27%
No (but my compass has the feature) 3 13.64%
No (my compass does not have this feature) 2 9.09%
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:58 PM
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Always. The discrepancy really bugs me if I don't. I do most of my hiking where the declination is 9-11 degrees. Sometimes it's east, sometimes west. I'm so lazy that I have a different compass for each. It saves me from having to adjust by 20 degrees every couple months.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:33 AM
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Big Load, I loved your comment of being so lazy that u have two compasses. Thanks for the laugh. And lets hope you don't pack the East compass for the West trip!
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:48 PM
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You're welcome! My problem is that the numbers are small enough to need a magnifying glass to double-check, which is one step too many. Verifying that I bring the right one is part of my pre-trip checklist. If the compass points at my north wall, it's the eastern one.
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have to in my area

over 15 degrees here in New England.

otherwise I'd wander through the woods in circles like a moose with brain wasting disease!
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