Backcountry 101 - Intro to Maps and Compass

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  • Date
    Thursday, 13 June, 2019
  • Time
    From 05:30 pm to 07:30 pm EDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Toronto
  • Price
  • Address
    MEC Toronto
    300 Queen Street West
    Toronto, ON


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Learn an invaluable skill and become better equipped in your travels by joining #mecstaffer and adventurer, George A., as he introduces topographical maps, compasses and their use in backcountry navigation. 

This free session is now 2-hours in length. It is one of our most popularly attended, so please register at the link below as space is limited.

* When this event shows as FULL for registered participants, those who weren't able to register are still welcome to attend and observe. Supplies are for those who registered and seating is limited. * 

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

This clinic will take place on the second floor in the community hub area. Please register below to secure your spot!

Questions? Contact us at 416-340-2667



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