Introduction to Map & Compass Navigation Class

9:00 AM  –  1:30 PM

Boulder: South Mesa

  • Member price: $79
  • Non-member price: $99
  • Limited spots left

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

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

Boulder: South Mesa

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There is a $5 parking fee (cash only) for motor vehicles that are not registered in Boulder County. From Hwy 93 in Boulder, travel 1.7 miles west on Eldorado Springs Drive (Hwy 170). The South Mesa parking lot is on the north side of Eldorado Springs Drive. Note parking is not allowed on Hwy 170. If you have any issues, please contact us: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm @ 303-756-3100 x806; or Saturday-Sunday on our after-hours phone @ 720-515-2290. Our email is monitored Monday-Friday: denver-os@rei.com.