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Map & Compass Skills Hike at Peebles Island

Rescheduled from May 11.

This class is for those who have little or no experience on how to use a map and compass.

We will go over the map (explain contour lines, magnetic north, how to identify landmarks, etc.) and parts of the compass.  You will learn to take sightings of local landmarks to determine where you are.  We will begin this outing at the Waterford Boat launch.  Please meet at Peebles Island and we will walk over to the boat launch together.   Those of you who do not have an Empire Pass for the state park system meet us at the Waterford Boat Launch as the park is charging admission this time of year. We will begin promptly at 10:00 AM.

After the initial class we will take a hike around Peebles Island, stopping at the southern end to practice the newly learned skills.

You must bring a compass to this outing along with a pencil.  You will need a base plate type compass... with degree markings and a dial.  We will provide the topographical maps that we will be using.

If you have any questions about this outing please email me.

Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)

  • please be dressed for the weather
  • dress in layers
  • wear appropriate hiking footwear
  • please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as bug repellant
  • bring your camera or binoculars if you have them

For directions click this link:

If you have any trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text.  Look for my black Jeep Liberty at the Peebles Island State Park parking lot.

If your plans change, please change your RSVP to NO to give someone from the waiting list a fair chance to attend the event. Please be considerate in regards to your attendance and RSVP's.

Thank you!

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  • MaryAnne

    thank you for the lesson and information. Now to practice!

    June 22, 2013

  • Hedy A. L.

    Thanks for the great compass class & hike today, Dorothy and Frank.
    You guys were incredibly patient with all of us!

    June 22, 2013

  • Marisol

    Thank you so much frank and Dorothy you are great.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I RSVP'd last Mon. to take me off the waiting list. I'm sorry to miss it. Have a great time, everybody.

    June 21, 2013

  • carol

    Was looking forward to this and another trip to the ice cream stand lol
    Injured my back this am doing yard work....

    June 21, 2013

  • Sasha

    sorry,have to cancel...hope it's not too late to let somebody else to take my spot.

    June 21, 2013

  • AG

    In the event I get off the wait list, I'm at the bottom - anyone interested in a paddle afterward?

    June 16, 2013

  • Bob R.

    My daughter invited me to a family picnic.

    June 14, 2013

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