But I rather have gps digital map to off-trail out then a compass. I've had to do it before.

Depends on the topography. Here in the Ozarks a topo map and compass are as good or better than a GPS if you know how to use them.

I can read a topo and compare that to the distant ridges or course of a hollow or creek and pinpoint myself almost immediately and they don't need batteries.

I have been in some pancake flat spots though with no distinctive landmarks where that wouldn't work so good. Either way I'd bring both and spare batteries.

"You want to go where?"