Basic Land Navigation with a Map and Compass (June 2023)

Event Date:

June 12, 2023

Event Time:

6:00 pm

Event Location:

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. [6/12/23 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 [6/14/23 6:00p-8:30p]*
    * Rain date is 6/15/23

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:

Cancellation Policy:

A full refund will be given for a cancellation request more than 7 days prior to the scheduled event. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations less than 7 days but more than 48 hours prior the scheduled event. No shows or cancellations less than 48 hours of the scheduled event will not be refunded.

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Event Location:

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By: Mike

  • Knox Farm State Park
  • 437 Buffalo Rd
  • East Aurora
  • NY

Event Schedule Details

  • June 12, 2023 6:00 pm   -   9:00 pm
  • June 14, 2023 6:00 pm   -   8:30 pm
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