Navigation Activity #1 of 4 - online Map and Compass

Lecture: Wilderness Navigation Course

Navigation Activity #1 of 4 - online Map and Compass - Online Classroom

Map and Compass: The first of four activities to complete the Wilderness Navigation course.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Online:  see activity leader

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To sign up:

The spring 2021 Wilderness Navigation Course and all activities are limited to students enrolled in the 2021 courses for Climbing, Scrambling and Backcountry Snowshoeing, and to leaders in Hiking, Backpacking and Snowshoeing.  Eligible students will be sent an "offer" e-mail to enable sign-up.

Please prepare in advance by purchasing your Compass, Maps, and Book as described on the Course Page (link to the course page is to the right).

This is the first of four components, and must be completed prior to the third activity, the In-Person Workshop.  It is required to complete the course, and is not an optional component. There are no prerequisites.


 The online Map and Compass  is an online course that provides the foundation for the activities that follow. It is not optional and is not a substitute for other components.  Please consider your ability to work independently and  set aside the time you'll need to complete this course (It takes approximately 4 to 5 hours, not including the reading time. 

On the start date, you'll receive an email with a link to the LITMOS Learning Management System (a separate system from Mountaineers.Org).  A volunteer instructor will be assigned to help you, to answer questions, etc.   You may work the modules in any order and  you must complete at least 87% of the online modules to be deemed complete.    The computer system requirements are listed in the Course Materials tab of the Course Page.

Compass and Maps:

See Required Equipment tab on the main Course Page. You need an approved compass and a USGS Baring map for this online workshop.  Only specific compasses will be accepted, so before purchasing a compass make sure to read our compass requirements.  

Rescheduling or cancellation:

If you cannot finish this activity in the two-week time allotted, your next opportunity to take the course will  be in Fall 2021.

We treat this activity the same as any kind of in-person activity.  If you don't begin, you'll be marked as a no-show.  If you don't finish, you'll be marked as unsuccessful. Please plan your activities so you can dedicate your Online time within your allotted two-week period.  The Online activities #1 and #2 MUST be completed prior to attending a Workshop.


Your main role will be to answer questions and "mark" or grade certain modules. The activity leader also sets up student logins within the LITMOS Learning Management System, tracks student's progress, and manages completion.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Compass with adjustable declination, Burns & Burns Wilderness Navigation book, USGS Baring map. Romer from, or paper printed romer from the Course Materials page.

See Course Materials tab and Required Equipment Tab on the Course page for more details on these items. 

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