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.

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 already understand the basics 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
Online Classroom
Mon, Aug 10, 2020
Registration closes Aug 8
2 participants
0 instructors
Online Classroom
Wed, Sep 2, 2020
Registration closes Aug 31
6 participants
1 instructor
Required Equipment

We provide maps and compasses to use within the workshop, and provide information to help you purchase your own after the course.  We recommend that you bring pencil, paper, a headlamp or hand-light, and appropriate clothing to go outside for about 30 minutes. 

Course Materials

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