Basic Land Navigation with a Map and Compass

Event Date:

May 9, 2022

Event Time:

6:00 pm

Event Location:

Virtual & Knox Farm State Park

This is a two part class:

  1. Virtual Class – This portion will be held via Zoom and will be a lecture format with live demos. [5/9/22 6p-9p]
  2. On-site Class – You will use what you learned in the lecture to navigate on-trail and off-trail at Knox Farm State Park [5/11/22 6p-8p]*
    * Rain date is 5/12/22

During this class, you will learn how to properly read a map, the proper use of your compass, and how to use the two together. Topics include:

  • Interpreting topographic map features
  • Magnetic North vs. True North
  • Magnetic variation (declination)
  • Orienting your map
  • Taking a bearing from a map
  • Transferring a bearing from the field
  • Triangulation

After learning these fundamentals, we will practice these skills in the field. You will be able to understand your position and how to plan a route. This is a hands-on, interactive course. When you finish, you will have the basic skills to use a map and compass together on the trail.

NOTE: Compasses are not provided.  We encourage everyone to purchase their own baseplate compass.  They should have a manual magnetic declination adjustment.  If you already have a baseplate compass, bring it.  If you do not know if it has a manual declination adjustment, e-mail me the model information.  If you do not have a compass, we recommend the following models:

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Event Location:

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By: Mike

  • Virtual & Knox Farm State Park
  • 437 Buffalo Road
  • East Aurora
  • NY
  • USA

Event Schedule Details

  • May 9, 2022 6:00 pm   -   May 11, 2022 9:00 pm
  • May 11, 2022 6:00 pm   -   May 12, 2022 8:00 pm
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