Backcountry Navigation With A Map & Compass

9:00am2:00pm
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$69 for REI Members

$79 for non-members

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Overview

  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 10 people
  • Instructor REI Experiences Instructor

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

Notes

You will receive a reminder email 72 hours before your class. This class will take place at Reimers Ranch Park where there is a $15 cash entrance fee.

Map image of Reimers Ranch Park

More directions and information

Reimers Ranch Park has a $10/vehicle entry fee October-April and $15/vehicle May-September. You can use your park pass at any other Travis County park that day. Camping is not available. For REI Rock Climbing classes, you will meet the instructors at the North Bank parking lot, which is the last parking lot on the park road. For Map & Compass classes, meet the instructors at the Mountain Biking parking lot. For questions, please email Austin-OS@rei.com or call 512-482-3357 Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm.