Backcountry 101 Clinic: Intro to Map and Compass

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  • Date
    Saturday, 11 November, 2017
  • Time
    From 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm EST
  • Organizer
    MEC Kitchener
  • Price
    Free
  • Address
    Mountain Equipment Co-op
    10 Manitou Dr.
    Kitchener, ON

BACKCOUNTRY 101

INTRO TO MAP & COMPASS


OVERVIEW

To introduce members to topographical maps, compasses and their use in backcountry navigation.


AGENDA

  1. Introduction   (5 min)
  1. Maps – the basics (20 min)
  1. Compasses-the basics (15 min)
  1. Basic navigation with a map and compass (20 min)
  1. Resources – (2 min)
  1. Conclusion – (5 min)






BY THE END OF THIS SESSION

 

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be familiar with topographic maps, the features that distinguish them from other types of maps and the reasons they are ideal for backcountry navigation.
  • Understand the following concepts/symbols on a topographic map:

             Coutour lines, basic colour/terrain indicators, scale, projection, latitude and longitude grid, and UTM grid.

  • Understand the basics to all compasses and other more advanced features.
  • Interpreting real-life features on a topographic map
  • Setting declination on your compass
  • Shooting a bearing from terrain
  • Following bearing
  • Hand railing vs straight line navigation