REI Free Weekend: Backcountry Navigation with Map & Compass


Free for REI Members

Free for non-members

Registration closed


  • Minimum age 16
  • Group size 12 people
  • Instructor REI Instructor

We're celebrating in anticipation of the new REI North Conway opening it's doors in September, by offering free day outings! 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! Meet at the REI tent - this course will take place on the grounds of Cranmore, and include a short hike. Map and compasses included, please bring your own daypack, water bottle, weather appropriate clothing, hiking footwear, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks. Stick around post-hike for complimentary refreshments at Cranmore!