It’s one of the Hiking 10 Essentials. But every week we have people mention they have no idea how to use a compass and wouldn’t know how to use it if they had one. If you feel the same way, read on!
In this course we’ll have fun identifying why people get lost, and how you’ll most likely get lost. Next, we’ll grab our compasses and start slowly, getting you comfortable with how to use a compass to go in a straight line. Then we’ll get you comfortable returning to where you started. And finally, you’ll learn one of the most fun parts of the course - how to successfully get around hazards and obstacles!
After you feel comfortable with the compass, we’ll grab a map and learn about the different types of “north”, and after a quick trick you’ll understand the difference between magnetic north and true north. You’ll learn why it’s better to move towards a “baseline” than a specific point, then we’ll have fun figuring out how to use a map & compass to go to fun places!
We’ll practice, practice, practice until you feel comfortable with the compass and map orientation.
Two hour introductory class. A great beginner’s course, or a chance to brush up on rusty skills.
Why We Get Lost
Main reasons we get lost
How hard it is to navigate with and without your senses
Why “natural” guides are not reliable
Where a compass points
Learn “Red in the Shed”
Walk in a straight line
Walk back to your starting point
How to get around hazards and obstacles
Using a Compass with a Map
Learn magnetic and true north
Properly orient a map
Using baselines vs. specific points
Have fun figuring out how to go places!