But I cannot follow a bearing accurately and run at the same time. Yet I see lots of people running and navigating. What is the best way to do this? Tips?
The steps are rather simple for following a bearing without always looking at your compass,
- Pick a distant recognizable point (stump, rocks, tree) on your bearing.
- Travel to that point (not necessarily in a straight line).
- Pull out your compass and repeat.
The reason for picking out the distant point is that you can run to it and not have to look at your compass until you get there. The farther the point is, the fewer times you need to use your compass to calculate the next point.
You can also get what is known as a thumb compass that attaches to your thumb and can be used for very quick bearings.
It's also worth it to practice the skills and with experience, it gets easier.
Another trick you can use if it's sunny and open enough for shadows:
Take a bearing, and note the angle of the shadows to your bearing, or to the sun to your bearing.
You still need to check this now and then, but it can help maintain a course when all distant landmarks look alike.
I don't generally use a compass much orienteering. I use my map more, 'thumbing' That is, I keep the map folded with the middle of my left thumbnail on my current location, and the map oriented to the ground. As I pass marked features I move my thumb.