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Navigation (Map and compass)

  • Aug 3, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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Come on out and let's get lost!  At this event we will be going over the basics of using a topographical map and compass.

What we will be covering

Parts of a compass

Why a compass works

How to use a compass

Obtaining an azimuth (bearing)

Navigating on said bearing

parts of a topographical map 

How to marry the map and compass together

How to determine declination

How to judge distance using pacing

Using pace beads

After we go over the basics we will have set up a navigation course to practice these new skills (or refresh what you already know)

There is ample parking and enough seats to go around.

There are public toilets.

Please note there is a $3 park fee per vehicle. Meet at the top of "the drive" at the nature center". We may move to the hawk observation area later.

Questions?? please feel free to contact me via email or John Zeron via email.

Thanks and see you there. 


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  • Brian

    Had a great time today ..just remember to keep up on this skill if you don't use it you'll lose it.

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • John Z.

    It was great to see folks again. Learning to make pace counting beads, take and make bearings, running the course, and marking lines of declination were all fun. OK, I helped set the course, so I didn't actually run it. Everyone made it through the course so I think we did a good job learning to use our compasses.

    August 3, 2014

  • Susan

    hey everyone long time hope you are all doing well I will happily share the expenses gas and parking

    July 31, 2014

    • Brian

      I am packing I even went shopping today

      August 2, 2014

    • Susan

      Brian sorry I can't make it Just to much to do before Monday. Th

      August 3, 2014

  • Lizz C.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Rad B.

    I just joined. I hope to make it tomorrow but may not be able to attend the whole time. I believe parking is $6 for out of state (DE) residents. I like my eyes. I may need a new picture.

    August 1, 2014

    • Brian

      Hi Rad as far as I know there is no fee to park this comes from John who lives in DE also the event will be held on Sunday hope you can make it.

      August 1, 2014

  • Susan

    Would it be available to carpool

    July 31, 2014

  • Michael T.

    I would have like to come out for this, but, it turns out I have to work.

    July 24, 2014

    • Brian

      No problem see you next time

      July 24, 2014

  • John Z.

    I've ordered a topo map for the area. I'll get copies of the park for the exercises.

    July 15, 2014

    • John Z.

      It's a 24" x 36" waterproof quad. It shipped yesterday USPS Priority. So who knows when it will actually arrive?

      1 · July 15, 2014

    • John Z.

      Amazing things will never cease! The map arrived today, I'll bring it with me this weekend.

      2 · July 16, 2014

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