Backcountry Navigation With A Map and Compass

9:00am2:00pm
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$89 for non-members

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Overview

  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Group size 8 people

During this class, 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 engaging 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 Afton State Park - Visitor Center - 6959 Peller Avenue South, Hastings, MN 55033

More directions and information

From St. Paul, go 9 miles east on I-94, then 7 miles south on Highway 95 and 3 miles east on County Road 20. After entering Afton State Park, continue past the road for the cabins and park in the first parking lot, on the right, after the uphill. Questions? Call our Local Experiences team at 1-877-819-3810 or email us at midwest-os@rei.com. All Minnesota State Parks require a daily/annual parking pass which can be purchased at the park office upon entry.