Solid compass skills are a must for anyone who plans on being in the mountains. Prior to your outing get a good map & plan out your route. Take a few bearings of various points along your intended route and write them down on a piece of paper using a sharpie. Take that piece of paper and place it in your map case along with your map. If the weather takes a turn for the worst you will have the correct bearings available to you in an instant. This can help you get to safety and could very well save your life.