Private Session: Backcountry Navigation With A Map and Compass

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$399 for REI Members

$479 for non-members

Limited spots left


  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Group size 1 people

Book a private session and you'll get this entire experience all to yourself--and up to three additional friends or family members. You'll enjoy more one-on-one time with the guide/instructor, more flexibility throughout the session, and a more personal experience for everyone who joins you. Price covers all costs for up to 4 people. During this class, 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 engaging 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
  • Private sessions can accommodate up to four participants, but you'll only need to enter your own information when registering. We'll collect any details we need from the other participants on the day of the event.

What to bring with you


PLEASE NOTE: Only one person will register for these private sessions, but each registration allows up to 4 people. You must select "1" for the group size when registering & we will reach out to you to gather information on the other members of your group 1-2 weeks before your program. Invite family members or friends to join you! If you have any questions, were here to help! Please contact us at

Map image of Malibu Creek State Park - Upper Lot

More directions and information

REI Outdoor School van will meet in the parking lot to the left just inside of the park entrance - $12 Day Use Fee.