Map and compass work may seem dull and boring at first glance; however, having the skills to use them is a must when traveling through the wilderness.
Lakes may seem small on a map, in real life, they can be large and intimidating to the unprepared tripper.
Prior to embarking on a canoe trip, I spend time with a map and compass to set bearings and jot them down in my note book.
I do this because I want detailed knowledge of the route and because I never know when I may find myself on a dark enshrouded lake where landmarks are non existent.
My compass is always part of my kit, I never leave home without it.