Backcountry 101 - Introduction to Map & Compass - Apr03

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  • Date
    Tuesday, 03 April, 2018
  • Time
    From 06:30 pm to 07:30 pm PDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Kelowna
  • Price
    Free
  • Address
    MEC Kelowna
    1876 Cooper Rd #100
    Kelowna, BC

Map & Compass Navigation

By the end of the 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

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

 

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

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact the Outreach Coordinator at klo_oc@mec.ca