Knowing the basics of map reading, distance, and direction is an essential toolkit for navigating. However to be useful we need to translate this to movement on the ground. In this section I first consider the overview of route planning. These are key elements we must know when planning our excursion. Time spent during this phase will be time well spent. Then I'll consider some of the mechanics of executing the plan. I could have done the reverse order, but it seemed to work better this way. Start general, get specific. Onto Route planning.