Backcountry 101 - Introduction to Map and Compass Navigation

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  • Date
    Thursday, 17 May, 2018
  • Time
    From 05:30 pm to 06:30 pm EDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Toronto
  • Price
  • Address
    MEC Toronto
    400 King Street West
    Toronto, ON

Join #mecstaffer George A as he introduces topographical maps, compasses and their use in backcountry 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
  • Understand 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 off
  • Be familiar with other navigation resources available at MEC, as well as any additional navigation programming offered

Any questions or concerns please email James Donald