Introduction to Map & Compass Navigation Class


$79 for REI Members

$99 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 9 people

During this field outing, our instructors will help you understand the information provided on your map, the proper use of your compass, and how to put the two together. You'll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination). After covering these fundamentals, you'll get time to practice taking a bearing from the terrain and your map so that you can make sense of your position and plan a route. This hands on course is a great introduction to outdoor navigation and map reading!

  • Read a topographic map
  • Understand the difference between true north and magnetic north
  • Learn to calculate declination
  • Use a compass to take a bearing, plot your position on a map, and develop a route plan
  • Build confidence in your navigational skills

What to bring with you

Map image of Boulder: South Mesa- Carpool Location

More directions and information

The course will meet in the dirt parking lot at the NE corner of Hwy 93 and Eldorado Springs Dr. (Hwy 170) across from the Shell Gas Station and carpool to S Mesa. From Boulder travel south on highway 93, turn East onto Eldorado Springs Dr. The dirt lot will be immediately on your left. If you have any questions or issues, please contact us @ 720-608-4198, or