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One of the terms in orienteering/navigation is "handrail feature".

What exactly does this term mean?

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A handrail feature is something that you can travel paralleled to in order to reach your destination.

A good example of this would be a stream/river as while you wouldn't want to follow directly beside it due to any swamps/marshes/beaver dams or trying to follow the bends, staying parallel to it, would help prevent you from getting lost.

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A few other examples would be long ridges, trails, roads, and valleys.

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