Women's Introduction to Map and Compass Navigation

9:00am1:00pm America/Los_Angeles
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$79 for REI Members

$109 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • 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, women's focused 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 Discovery Park North Parking Lot, Discovery Park, Seattle, WA 98199

More directions and information

Meet at the North Parking Lot Parking: Parking is free. Arrival: Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start time listed above. Food: Remember to pack energy snacks and water for the day.