That's awesome. Those videos are very informative. Just seeing what he is talking about really helps me understand a lot better how to properly use a lensatic compass. I suddenly find myself wanting one of the Tritium compasses now. LOL.
Typically my backup is just a suunto clipper, or similar compass that I always have with my Oh **** Kit, or my FAK. My main compass is either the M2D or the Ranger. But you could carry the ranger, and use the M2D as back up certainly.Good stuff Cragar, thanks. i know most people suggest carrying two so should i get different ones or just another cheap baseplate model just to have a backup?
If the OP is stupid enough not to have figured this out in 5 years time, you're definitely not gonna help him .Get a good quality mirrored compass with adjustable declination. The Suunto M3 is a great choice, about $30, or the Suunto M2D with a few more whistles and bells for about $40. Search YouTube "wilderness navigation" there are some great videos there in the first page.
Lensatic compasses are more difficult to learn without hands-on instruction and not recommended for beginners.