Backcountry Navigation With A Map and Compass

11:00am3:00pm
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$75 for REI Members

$95 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

Notes

Meet at Hilltop Day-Use Area. Questions? Call our Local Experiences team at 1-877-819-3803 or email us at portland-os@rei.com.

Map image of Stub Stewart State Park

More directions and information

An Oregon State Parks day-use parking permit is required. $5 a day, $30 for a 12-month permit, and $50 for a 24-month permit.