Maps can be very confusing. There are lines all over them, some easy to understand like roads, and some incredibly confusing. If you find it hard to figure out what you’re looking at in nature (surface view) from what’s on the map (bird’s eye view), this course is for you.
We’ll start by looking at the map’s key and all the information it reveals about the map. Then we’ll learn how to read topographic lines - those squiggly lines all over the map. Next, we’ll learn how to identify hazards and obstacles, hills and valleys, swamps and lakes, and finally tricks and tips on how to traverse across the map using our compass.
This second installment of our map & compass skill building series will allow you to feel much more comfortable in map reading and how to setup a hike with your compass:
Difference between flat maps and our round planet
Longitude & latitude
Bird’s eye view vs. surface view
Understanding map features
Equating map with natural factors
Compass True & Magnetic North Review
Find out how to account for difference
Finding difference via the web and nature
Combining Map & Compass
Line of position
How to find where you are using triangulation
Establishing the baseline
From baseline to destination
Time and distance estimating
Return route strategies
Once completed, sign up for the advanced installment to further expand your knowledge and confidence.
Private skill building courses are available - call 585.382.5055 to schedule a date & time.