Backcountry Navigation with Map and Compass: One-on-One

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$120 for REI Members

$140 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Group size 2 people

During this personalized field experience, our instructor 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, and can be tailored to fit your specific map and compass needs.

  • 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 Dixon Lake Daley Ranch

More directions and information

Meet at Dixon Hilltop Picnic area. $5 fee for parking in the lot in the park. Free parking to left just before the park entrance.