I have used the search history and read up on some of the books available, watched various lessons but it seems that I just cannot grasp it from book, video, or such. My thinking is either this spring or summer to take a class and officially learn how to but I hesitate in using REI or spending a couple hundred to learn when I am not sure if the instructor is competent ahead of time. This will be used while kayaking, hunting and hiking. I need to be able to learn how to use a compass other than to figure out North. Figure out where I am, how to get to a known point or just a point on the map, and just navigation in general. Note I cannot find my way when the sky is above me with but I can find my way through buildings, malls, and most subways I have come across. So does anyone here have any personal recommendations? I prefer NJ,NY,Pa but I have several trips to Maine to take between spring and summer so if necessary Maine, NH,and Mass could also work.