Winter Navigation with Map & Compass

Winter

Description: Head out into the snow for a day of hands-on navigation training with our REI Outdoor School. You will learn to see three dimensions of the land in the two dimensions of a topographic map. We will don our snowshoes and teach you how to read contour lines, landmarks and other map features. We'll also talk about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation, and help you make sense of it all. From there, you'll learn how to take a bearing from the terrain and your map so that you can triangulate your position and plan a route even in the snow. Maps and compasses will be provided. Prior snowshoeing experience is recommended (Introduction to Snowshoeing Class or equivalent skills). This is not a snowshoeing skills class and students should be able to snowshoe for 2-3 miles.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Learn how to read topographic lines and other basic features on a map
  • Learn how to orient a map to match the environment both with and without a compass
  • Learn basic compass features and how to utilize the map with a compass
  • Learn how to plot your current position on your map
  • Use a map & compass to navigate to new locations even when the trail is covered in snow
  • Build confidence in your navigation skills.

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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WINTER NAVIGATION WITH MAP & COMPASS

  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Winter Navigation with Map & Compass Gear List

Gear to bring to class:

(Required)

  • 2 Liters of Water - At least 2 Nalgene sized water bottles or a large Camelback style reservoir
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather and conditions - Moisture wicking clothing that will help keep you warm and/or dry.
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Warm Gloves
  • Warm Socks - Wool or Synthetic.
  • Hiking Boots
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Warm Hat

(Optional)

  • Personal Compass
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 oz water bladder
  • Personal Snowshoes
  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Personal Camera
  • Energy Snacks
  • Thermos with warm drinks

Gear provided by REI:

  • Topographical Maps - Local course area maps.
  • Compass
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Snowshoes
  • Group First Aid Kit