Backcountry Navigation With A Map and Compass

9:00am2:00pm
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$79 for REI Members

$99 for non-members

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Overview

  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Group size 5 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

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Still have questions about this program? You can reach our local experiences team at newengland-os@rei.com and by phone at 855-258-9509 M-F 10 AM - 5 PM. Programs close to new registrations 48 hours before the program start time.

Map image of The Trustees' Ward Reservation

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Ward Reservation is an emerald quilt of fields, forests, and uplands, stitched together from more than 40 distinct parcels across three hills--Shrub, Boston, and Holt. Looking out from their summits, you can see how the property melds with the surrounding landscape. On top of Holt Hill, the highest point in Essex County, you'll find the "Solstice Stones," a compass-like arrangement of stones set up to mark the sunset on the longest and shortest days of the year.