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Mountaineers: Intro to Map and Compass ($15)

You must register and pay for the course in advance by clicking this link.

Number of Student registration openings (as of 8/15/13): 4

Cost: $15 Non-Members of the Mountaineers. $10 for Members.

Course description:

> Read topographic maps and identifying important features

> Understand declination

> Take, locate, and follow bearings in the field

> Take and locate bearings on a map

> Triangulation techniques

> Features to consider when buying a compass

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  • Deanne R.

    Great class for beginners, the instructors explained things well, with good visuals and patience! Thanks guys!

    September 18, 2013

  • βrian

    A couple of hours ago, the main Instructor, Greg, sent the following email. I'm copying it here in case your inbox marked his email as 'spam'.

    Thanks for registering for the Intro to Map & Compass seminar for this upcoming Wednesday, 18 September. Those of you that are currently on the wait list will be added as we are expanding the class size. You should receive an email confirmation from the Mountaineers in a day or so. The Intro to Map & Compass class provides the basic fundamentals in understanding how to read a USGS Topo or Green Trails map, purchase/use a compass, and use both with other essential skills to effectively navigate in the wilderness. Concepts such as studying map topography, identifying parts of a compass, and taking bearings will be fundamental skills that you will take away from the class.

    As this is an intro seminar you are not required to bring anything but feel free to bring a compass and a map.

    September 16, 2013

  • βrian

    Mints and Gabriel are riding with me so I have space for one more passenger. We'll leave Eastgate park and ride at 5:15pm.

    September 12, 2013

    • Vipin

      Brian, let me know if you still have spot available. I would like to carpool with you.

      September 16, 2013

  • Mints


    August 22, 2013

  • Kelly

    Is there anyone wishing to carpool from either West Seattle or downtown Seattle?

    August 16, 2013

    • Brian E. M.

      I live in Burien but I don't mind carpooling with you if you want to. :)

      August 18, 2013

    • Kelly

      Yeah Brian, I live in West Seattle and would need a ride please.

      August 18, 2013

  • βrian

    If you have not done so already please go to the Mountaineers website and register and pay for this course:


    August 15, 2013

  • βrian

    BTW: the $15 fee pays for course materials and use of the Mountaineers facilities. All Instructors, including me, are Volunteers who receive no compensation.

    2 · August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to take the Basic Nav class on the 11th & 21st. Thanks. Mary

    July 31, 2013

    • βrian

      Nice. The Navigation Course (which includes an outdoor field trip) is one of the Mountaineers' best.

      1 · August 1, 2013

  • Vipin

    By any chance, is this course available for the weekend too ? Would like to take it, but not sure if I can make P&R by 5.30 on a weekday.

    July 31, 2013

    • βrian

      Mountaineers spend their weekends in the mountains so... the course is offered only twice (currently) this Summer and Fall during the week.

      July 31, 2013

  • Gabriel G.

    Thank you Brian, I would like to carpool with you.

    July 31, 2013

  • βrian

    I'm helping (not leading) instruct this course. If anyone wishes to carpool from the Eastside (Bellevue Eastgate park and ride), I can take 3 passengers. It is recommended we leave the park and ride no later than 5:30 PM.

    July 30, 2013

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