Backcountry Navigation with a Map and Compass

8:00am12:00pm PST
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$119 for REI Members

$149 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Minimum age 14
  • Group size 10 people

During this class, our instructors will help you understand a topographic map, 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! Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start time listed and come prepared with personal snacks and water. Participants under 18 must be accompanied registered adult.

  • Confidently comprehend a topographic map
  • Learn to calculate declination
  • Use a compass to take a bearing, plot your position on a map, and develop a route plan.

What to bring with you

Map image of Crystal Cove State Park - Upper Moro Lot

More directions and information

Turn inland at School/State Park traffic signal and follow signs to Visitor Center/Ranger Station. REI Outdoor School will meet in front of the visitor center - $15 Day Use fee.