Backcountry Navigation with a Map and Compass

6:00am11:00am PST
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$79 for REI Members

$109 for non-members

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Overview

  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Minimum age 14
  • Group size 8 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.

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Notes

Still have questions about this program? You can reach our local experiences team Monday through Friday 9 AM - 5 PM at newengland-os@rei.com and by phone at 855-258-9509. We look forward to hearing from you!

Map image of The Trustees' Rocky Woods Reservation

More directions and information

Rocky Woods is a year-round destination for outdoors lovers of all abilities. The 0.75-mile loop around Chickering Pond, the largest of the reservation's five man-made ponds, is a family favorite. The Bridle Trail and Loop Trail are short, flat options that tour wetlands, while the half-mile Echo Pond Trail, with its long, narrow footbridge, loops around this large pond. Parking fee is required on arrival. Trustees of Reservations members may display their member card instead.