Backcountry 101 - Navigation - Nov11

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  • Date
    Saturday, 11 November, 2017
  • Time
    From 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm EST
  • Organizer
    MEC London
  • Price
  • Address
    MEC London
    1051 Wellington Rd
    London, ON


Are you interested in navigating the world? Looking to learn about digital navigation as well as a good ole’ map and compass. Come learn with our MEC professional.

Introduction to Digital Navigation

This clinic will introduce members to GPS and their use in backcountry navigation By the end of the session, participants will: 

  • Understand how the Global Positioning System functions.
  • Understand features and functions common to all GPS standalone devices.
  • Learn how to apply these features and functions in a wilderness navigation context.

The purpose of this clinic is to introduce members to topographical maps, compasses and their use in backcountry navigation.

Understand the following concepts/symbols on a topographic map:    

  • Contour lines
  • Basic color/terrain indicators
  • Scale
  • Declination
  • Projection
  • Latitude/Longitude grid
  • UTM grid

In addition to map study, we'll examine the features basic to all compasses, as well as additional features that may be desirable in a compass intended for backcountry navigation.

The following concepts will be discussed in detail:

  • Interpreting real-life terrain features from a topo map
  • Setting declination on a compass and its importance
  • Shooting a bearing from terrain
  • Setting a bearing from a topo map
  • Following a bearing
  • Straight line navigation vs. hand railing vs. aiming of

Be familiar with other navigation resources available at MEC, as well as any additional navigation programming offered

The clinic is free but please do register below as spaces are limited. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Allie Boddy at or call the store 519-668-6657