Backcountry Navigation With A Map & Compass

10:00am2:00pm
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$69 for REI Members

$89 for non-members

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Overview

  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 12 people

During this field outing, 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 hands on 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

What to bring with you

Map image of Maybury State Park

More directions and information

A recreation passport is required for vehicle entry into Maybury State Park. If you are a Michigan resident and don't already have the recreation passport on your vehicle registration, you may purchase an annual pass for $16 (which includes a $5 convenience fee) at the park. If you are not a Michigan resident, you may purchase a non-resident day pass for $9 at the park.