Backcountry Navigation With A Map and Compass

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

$89 for non-members

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Overview

  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Group size 9 people
  • Instructor REI Experiences Guide

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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Notes

Private Experiences Available on Weekdays Price:$347 Book a private session and you'll get this experience for just you and your group of family or friends. Enjoy more one-on-one time with your guide or instructor and more flexibility on date and time choices. The price for each private session covers everything needed for up to four people to participate in the class or activity. If fewer than four people participate, the price doesn't change. Please email us at Austin-os@rei.com.

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More directions and information

Reimers Ranch Park has a $5/vehicle entry fee. You can use your park pass at any other Travis County park that day. Camping is not available. For REI Rock Climbing classes, you will meet the instructors at the North Bank parking lot, which is the last parking lot on the park road. For Map & Compass classes, meet the instructors at the Mountain Biking parking lot. For questions, please email Austin-OS@rei.com or call 877-819-3811 Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.