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WILDERNESS NAVIGATION (map & compass, orienteering)

With GPS technology  here to stay, learning how to read a map and using a compass is becoming a lost art.Whether you're a hiker or backpacker, knowing how to use a map and compass is critical for accurate wilderness travel.

Maps are excellent for giving you the overview of the area, but can you accurately determine your position? In this class, you will learn exactly how to pinpoint your location.

This class will give you the tools necessary for a more confident wilderness travel experience.

Topics covered:

  • Reading a topographic map
  • Understanding declination and adjusting for it
  • Terrain association
  • Parts of a compass
  • How a compass works
  • How to pinpoint your location on a map
  • Determining direction of travel
  • Setting your pace count, so you can determine your distance traveled
  • Movement around obstacles
  • Leapfrogging


Using your newly acquired skills and knowledge, you will put them to the test by navigating a custom course set up to challenge you.

Every Course is different from the last, so repeat attendees can challenge themselves over and over... This course will spread out further than the last and have more markers added to it.

This class is both fun and exciting, and a great team building activity. At the end of the course you will have new skills that will build your confidence in the outdoors.


We'll gather and meet in front of the Santa Fe Dam Nature Center


  • From the 605 FWY, take the Live Oak or Arrow Hwy exit and go East.
  • On Azusa Cyn Rd, make a left and follow the road up the hill to the park entrance.
  • come down on the other side of the dam, at the first STOP sign, make a right. ( NOTE: because of the ren fair, this first stop sign is where park attendants may be collecting money for park entrance... This is the first stop sign where you make a right.
  • Follow the road to the second STOP sign and make a left.
  • Follow that road back to the nature centerand find parking. We will meet right in front of the nature center

Use this map for detailed route info >>> MAP

Be advised, there is a park vehicle entry fee of $10.

If you wish not to pay the fee, you can always park outside the park and walk back to the nature center, or ride a bike. You may consider carpooling with your friends to help offset the vehicle entry fee.

street parking directions

  • From 210 freeway exit IRWINDALE AVE and go south
  • On First St(That is the name of the street) make a right
  • On Peckham rd. make a left.
  • Drive to the end of the Cul de sac and park on the street.
  • walk across the barrier into the park and down the road (about 120 yards)
  • when you get to the stop sign make a right and walk down the road to the nature center.



What to bring

Bring a compass if you have one.

We will be outdoors, so bring appropriate attire. Wear comfortable clothing, because we will be doing skills exercises.

Bring a bag lunch and something to drink



This class runs approximately 4.5 hours



What others are saying about this class


"The class was well instructed with clear explanations and practical applications of map, compass and orienteering skills. The course exercise was fun to practice what we learned. Alan its an excellent teacher who ensures everyone understands! Great practical class!"

"Alan is a great instructor. He didn't seem to shortcut/leave out any important info, and he was interested in answering questions and making sure that everyone was competent by the end of the class. The practical exercise at the end was fun, too."

Thanks for a great session today. I learned what I had hope to learn (and more) and had fun doing it! Thanks again and I look forward to attending another one of your adventure sessions."


"Awesome course, learned a lot. Alan is a great instructor and knows his s***t."


"Fantastic!! I left with many skills that I can work on Way above what I expected. Visuals, hands-on and a very knowledgeable instructor who explained things in an easy to understand way made this a fantastic day."

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  • afarin s.

    Out of town trip came up. I'm sorry to have to pass on this opportunity this time . :-)

    June 28, 2013

  • Debbie

    I'm really interested in this class and some of the others offered, but the location is a little far! Any chance you will offer it closer to West LA?

    June 26, 2013

    • Alan H.

      Debbie, West LA is not all that far. I've had folks come in from San Diego, Ventura, Wrightwood, Hesperia, and other places. You'll have fun and pick up some knowledge along the way. :)

      June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been wanting to take this course! Thank you

    June 22, 2013

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  • Alan H. +3
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