Backcountry Navigation with a Map and Compass

7:00am11:00am 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 12 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 Palos Forest Preserve - Bullfrog Lake

More directions and information

Questions? Call our Local Experiences team at 1-877-819-3810 or email us at midwest-os@rei.com. Instructors will meet participants in the grass at the first parking lot.