Introduction to Map & Compass

Field trip: Introduction to Map & Compass

Introduction to Map & Compass - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Introduction to Map & Compass

  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Seattle Program Center. 6.30pm

A map & compass are part of the 10 Essentials, but if you don't know how to use them then they're just extra weight in your backpack! Learn the basics in this workshop, topics include:

  • Reading topographic maps and identifying important features
  • Understanding declination
  • Taking, locating, and following bearings in the field
  • Taking and locating bearings on a map
  • Triangulation techniques
  • Features to consider when buying a compass
  • Other topics as time permits

Please note that this workshop is not the Basic Navigation Course and does not satisfy the graduation requirement for the Snowshoe, Scrambling, and Climbing courses.


Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

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    47.685190, -122.263828
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Pencil and paper, compass if you have one. Also a jacket as we will go outside to take some bearings. 

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