Backcountry Navigation With A Map & Compass

10:00am3:00pm

$79 for REI Members

$99 for non-members

Overview

  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 8 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 The Trustees' Appleton Farms

More directions and information

Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, and historic farm buildings are part of this pastoral landscape - a rare glimpse into New England's agricultural past. A gift of Colonel Francis R. Appleton, Jr., and his wife Joan, Appleton Farms is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the country, established and maintained by nine generations of the Appleton family. Six miles of footpaths, bridle paths, and farm roads (easy walking).