Alice: Which path should I take?
Cat: It depends where you want to go.
Alice: But I don't know where I have to go.
Cat: Then it doesn't matter which way to go!
From Latin: "oriens", from the verb oriri, "arise".
In a nutshell, Orienting means establishing the direction of the cardinal points and identifying the direction on the ground by referring to these points.
Reading a topographical map and knowing how to use a compass are fundamental skills for every hiker, it is not enough to always be helped by those who are more prepared, or to rely blindly on electronic instruments: sooner or later you will have to get by yourself.
In addition to being able to use the map and compass well, you must be able to interpret the terrain, the climate and the signs of Nature.
Often the emergency services are called to locate and save Hikers, Mushrooms, Trekkers who have been lost or who have misinterpreted the map ... A good Hiker should never cause such a problem.
What would you do if you were the only person in the group you are hiking with who could go looking for help?
Be your own master, everyone can learn the basic techniques to be able to orient themselves on the ground, GPS can certainly facilitate the task, but never forget the basics.
So learn to orient yourself, practice and have fun.