Backcountry Navigation With A Map & Compass

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$99 for REI Members

$119 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 10 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 Bonelli Regional Park - Navigation

More directions and information

After entering the park, turn left at the second drive and follow the signs to Sailboat Cove (one way road). Follow for about a mile until you reach the kiosk on the right. Make an immediate left into the hilltop parking area, before going through the kiosk. REI Outdoor School will meet in that parking area above Sailboat Cove. $10 Day Use Fee - CASH ONLY!