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

Programs may close to new registrations 48 hours before the program start time. 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' Ward Reservation

More directions and information

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. 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. Parking fee is required on arrival. Trustees of Reservations members may display their member card instead.