1-day map reading, navigation, walking and outdoor skills course


This course is held on the first Saturday of each month from February through October.
The ability to use a compass and map is essential for hikers, hunters, backpackers and anyone that explores the outdoors. This course will give you the basics of how to avoid getting lost and how to find your way if you do become unsure of your location. Minimum age is 15.
Map reading should be considered a basic and essential skill for everyone.
When you go out in the mountains it simply makes you safer. Navigating in the wilderness can be one of the most important aspects of survival skills because if you get lost you may never find your way out.
Why do I need to know how to use a compass and map when I have a GPS?
GPS has great advantages in modern society, it has also become a dangerous crutch to people venturing into the wilderness. GPS will fail you at some point and when your technology fails, you need to make sure you can find your way out of the forest with a map and compass. A map and compass will never fail you if you are trained to use them.

What will you learn?

  • Use a lensatic compass to orient a map
  • Map and compass navigation
  • Identify terrain features on a map
  • Primitive navigation and direction finding
  • How to measure angles/degrees
  • Shooting azimuths and walking direct routes
  • How to determine your pace count
  • Finding current location and determining what resources are nearby
  • Feel more confident in the outdoors

Itís not rocket science, but if you donít take time to†learn it, it can seem like it.

No experience required. Full training and guidance will be given.

Cost: $100

Location: Sierra Survival Store in Sugar Pine,†95346, Tuolumne County Ca.

Equipment Needed: You will be outdoors most of the day! (Rain or shine) All participants must come prepared. Please bring a lunch, snacks and†water to class. You must be dressed for outdoor activities (i.e. sunglasses, long pants, walking shoes/boots, insect/tick repellent, rain gear and bright-colored outer clothing). Courses will occur rain or shine.

Equipment Provided: One new military lensatic compass with caring pouch†and topographical map of training location. Yours to keep after the course.

Please select the month you would like to attend (below).

Group discounts available upon request.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 23 January, 2013.

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