Introduction to Map & Compass Field Trip - Online Classroom

Field trip: Introduction to Map & Compass

Introduction to Map & Compass Field Trip - Online Classroom

Introduction to Map & Compass On-Line Class and Field Trip.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Virtual Zoom Classroom opens at 6pm for sign-on, class runs from 6:30-9pm.

Field Trip meets Tuesday morning, August 11 (exact time TBD) at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105.

On-Line Classroom and Field Trip.

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 on-line workshop and hands-on field trip, topics include:

  • Reading topographic maps and identifying important features
  • Understanding a bearing
  • Measuring and plotting bearings on a map
  • Measuring and plotting bearings in the field
  • Understanding declination
  • Features to consider when buying a compass
  • Other topics as time permits

Please note that this workshop is not the Wilderness Navigation Course and does not satisfy the graduation requirement for the Snowshoe, Scrambling, and Climbing courses. This is an Intro class designed to teach basic concepts and skills.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Pencil and paper for note taking during Zoom class, pocket size notepad for field trip. A map and compass will be provided for field trip. Bring your own water. Face mask required for field trip. We will assemble in groups no larger than 5 people total in accordance with King County Phase 2 guidelines.

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