Learn how to use a map and compass

  • Date
    Saturday, 11 April, 2020
  • Time
    From 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm PDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Vancouver
  • Price
    Free
  • Address
    MEC Vancouver
    111 2nd Ave East
    Vancouver, BC

As you are aware, the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve, and further restrictions on events and gatherings have been instituted by provincial governments across the country. The health and safety of our participants, staff and partners is our top priority. At this time, several health agencies are recommending the cancellation of large gatherings and the practice of social distancing.  We are taking precautionary steps to lessen the public health risk associated with COVID-19 in Canada and are cancelling MEC clinics and events until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but hope you understand why we came to this decision.

Registered participants who have paid for registration will have entry fees refunded. 

Everyone should carry a map and compass in the backcountry… but do you actually know how to use them? Learn the basics about map and compass navigation so you stay found in the wilderness – it’s an essential outdoor skill.

Skill level: beginner

Format: hands-on, small group class

You’ll learn

  • How to read features and symbols on a topographic map
  • Basic compass features and extras
  • How to set declination on a compass
  • How to shoot a bearing from terrain
  • How to set a bearing from a topo map
  • How to follow a bearing
  • Straight-line navigation vs. hand railing vs. aiming off
  • Helpful advice on navigation resources at MEC

Important notes

We’ll have demo compasses and maps to work with – if you have your own compass, feel free to bring it along to the clinic.

There’s a ton of useful info in this class. When you’re done, you’ll have basic skills to practice with at home.

Who’s teaching the clinic?

Our clinics are taught by friendly MEC staffers who are ready to answer any questions and share all the stuff they love about being outside. Everyone’s welcome!