Fundamentals of Map & Compass Navigation Class

Description: Come learn basic navigation skills using map and compass to find your way. In this in-store class you'll learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. You'll learn how to pinpoint your location through triangulation and then navigate to new locations by following a bearing. This is a hands-on in-store class with some lecture components. Maps and compasses are provided, but bring your own if you prefer.

Skills you'll learn:

Learn how to interpret topographical maps, Learn the features of a compass, Learn to take bearings and triangulate your position using a compass, Learn how to use a map and compass in tandem to pinpoint a location

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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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  • Gear List

Fundamentals of Map & Compass Navigation Class Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • None


  • Personal Compass

Gear provided by REI:

  • Topographical Maps - Local course area maps.
  • Compass