Backcountry Navigation With A Map & Compass
$69 for REI Members
$89 for non-members
- 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
Activity locationMonte Bello Open Space, Palo Alto: Main Parking Lot
More directions and information
Plan on at least 20 minutes to drive this windy mountain road from Highway 280 and look out for cyclists!