What happens if your navigation app or GPS becomes lost or damaged while you are in the wilderness? Do you know how to use a map or a compass? Get peace-of-mind by taking the same map and compass training class provided to search and rescue personnel throughout the state.
This fast-paced, yet comprehensive one-day program will teach you how to navigate in the backcountry. Put your classroom knowledge to the test on our outdoor training course with hands-on activities.
You will learn how to:
Read a topographic map
Orient a map to your surroundings
Find your location on a map
Confidently determine your route and direction of travel
Differentiate True North, Magnetic North, and Grid North
Compensate for magnetic declination and deviations
Calculate your pace count
...and many other potentially life-saving skills!
Compass suitable for land navigation
Map tool for plotting coordinates and measuring distance
Pace beads for determining your distance traveled
Pen and paper for notes during classroom session
At least one fine-line permanent marker for marking on maps (maps are provided)
Clothing appropriate for expected weather conditions
Small backpack with hydration, snacks, and any other items you might want with you while outside
PLEASE NOTE: You must have the physical capacity to walk off-trail, through varied terrain in a desert environment over a distance of approximately 2 miles for the field activities. Military personnel: while the fundamental skills taught in this class will apply to any land-based map and compass navigation, this class will not cover MGRS or lensatic compasses.
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N 7th St
Phoenix, Arizona 85022
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