Introduction to Map & Compass - Seattle - Ongoing to 2030

Navigation Course

Introduction to Map & Compass

This introductory class combines animated graphics with an engaging lecture that will demystify how a map and compass work together. The field trip compliments the lecture with hands-on practice, through repetition in a small group setting to give the student a solid understanding of navigational principles.

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

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. It does not satisfy qualifications to apply for Equivalency. 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
Wed, Jan 12, 2022
Registration closes Jan 10
3 participants
2 instructors
Online Classroom
Wed, Mar 16, 2022
Registration opens Jan 19; Instructor registration open now
16 participants
2 instructors
Online Classroom
Wed, Apr 13, 2022
Registration opens Feb 9; Instructor registration open now
16 participants
2 instructors
Online Classroom
Wed, May 11, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23; Instructor registration open now
16 participants
2 instructors
Online Classroom
Wed, Aug 17, 2022
Registration closes Aug 15
16 participants
2 instructors
Online Classroom
Wed, Sep 14, 2022
Registration opens May 18; Instructor registration open now
16 participants
2 instructors
Introduction to Map & Compass Field Trip
Union Bay Natural Area
Sat, Jan 15, 2022
Registration closes Jan 13
0 participants
2 instructors
Union Bay Natural Area
Sun, Jan 16, 2022
Registration closes Jan 13
3 participants
2 instructors
Union Bay Natural Area
Sat, Mar 19, 2022
Registration opens Jan 17; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
2 instructors
Union Bay Natural Area
Sun, Mar 20, 2022
Registration opens Jan 19; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
2 instructors
Union Bay Natural Area
Sat, Apr 16, 2022
Registration opens Feb 9; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Union Bay Natural Area
Sun, Apr 17, 2022
Registration opens Feb 9; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Union Bay Natural Area
Sat, May 14, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Union Bay Natural Area
Sun, May 15, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Union Bay Natural Area
Sat, Aug 20, 2022
Registration opens May 18; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Union Bay Natural Area
Sun, Aug 21, 2022
Registration opens May 18; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Union Bay Natural Area
Sat, Sep 17, 2022
Registration opens May 18; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Union Bay Natural Area
Sun, Sep 18, 2022
Registration opens May 18; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Roster
Required Equipment

No special equipment is required. A recorded version of the On-Line lecture will be made available for review. You must use the compass issued to you at the field trip. Prior to class, though not required, reading the Burns & Burns Wilderness Navigation book (chapters 1-4) is highly recommended.

Course Materials

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