Introduction to Map & Compass - Seattle - Ongoing to 2030

Navigation Course

Introduction to Map & Compass

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.

Info
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 course.

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

Choose only one Activity from the list below. 

Please note that this workshop is not the Wilderness Navigation Course and does not satisfy the navigation requirement for the Snowshoe, Scrambling, and Climbing courses. This course serves as an introduction to reading a map and using a compass, primarily for "On-Trail" travel.   It's a great introduction to this equipment and these skills.   If you fully understand what a bearing is, can explain declination, know how to use the UTM grid, and understand the relationship between measuring  and plotting bearings, and are interested in further expanding and refining these skills, search for our "Wilderness Navigation Course."

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Introduction to Map & Compass Lecture
Online Classroom
Thu, Jan 14, 2021
Registration closes Jan 12
12 participants
2 instructors
Online Classroom
Wed, Apr 21, 2021
Registration closes Apr 19
12 participants
2 instructors
Online Classroom
Wed, Jun 16, 2021
Registration closes Jun 14
12 participants
2 instructors
Introduction to Map & Compass Field Trip
Union Bay Natural Area
Sat, Jan 16, 2021
Registration closes Jan 12
6 participants
2 instructors
Union Bay Natural Area
Sun, Jan 17, 2021
Registration closes Jan 12
6 participants
2 instructors
Union Bay Natural Area
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closes Apr 22
6 participants
2 instructors
Union Bay Natural Area
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration closes Apr 23
6 participants
2 instructors
Union Bay Natural Area
Sat, Jun 19, 2021
Registration closes Jun 17
6 participants
2 instructors
Union Bay Natural Area
Sun, Jun 20, 2021
Registration closes Jun 18
6 participants
2 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

No special equipment is required. The On-Line lecture will be recorded and made available to students for review. A map and compass will be provided at the field trip.

Course Materials

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