10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Intro to Land Navigation - Map, Compass & Orienteering Skills
Saturday July 13, 2019
10:00am - 1:30pm
@ Crossroads UMC
This 3.5 hour course will introduce you to the basics of land navigation using maps and a magnetic compass, (and other, simpler tools and improvised techniques), and provide a brief introduction to the sport of orienteering.
We'll start with how map reading skills might be useful in a wilderness context, and will discuss some basic hiking safety topics, and some simple tools and practices to make your hikes safer.
Then an overview of topographic maps, what makes them different from other map types, and what makes them especially useful for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. We'll get to know what contour lines represent, and how to read and interpret the symbols that can be found on a map.
We'll discuss the difference between magnetic north and true north, and how declination is used to translate to and from these directions.
We'll then introduce the use of a basic baseplate magnetic compass (these will be provided for your use during class**), how to take azimuths, to establish direction of travel or to landmarks, and how to take azimuths from maps and convert them to magnetic directions using declination.
Weather permitting, we'll do some simple outdoor practice exercises planning a course and then navigating it.
We'll talk about the sport of orienteering (in preparation for a possible future activity), and some useful navigational techniques shared by land navigation and orienteering.
And we'll introduce some resources that you can use to create your own custom topographic maps, including hiking maps and terrain profiles. Time permitting, we'll also discuss how you can orient yourself to the cardinal directions without a compass or GPS, and how to find your position on a map using resection.
** or bring your own compass
• What to bring
Water, coffee, tea will be provided. Bring snacks or a light lunch.
We apologize that due to the storm last night we have no Internet and we are unable to live stream at this time.