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Basic Map & Compass Class


Do you know how to read a topographic map and use a base plate compass? This introductory course covers how to read topographic map features and how to orientate a map to the terrain. We’ll cover how to choose a compass, take a bearing and how to use a compass in conjunction with a map. The last part of the class will be a discussion on route selection.

This class is essential for hikers, backpackers and anyone that explores the outdoors.   This course will give you the basics of how to avoid getting lost and how to find your way if you do become unsure of your location.

This class is for adults who:

May want to try off trail hiking

Hike on trails that are poorly marked

Have an interest in learning about orienteering

Want to increase their outdoor skills

The class will will start promptly at 7:00 and last around an hour and a half.  No need to bring your own compass as the  instructor has plenty for everyone to use during the class.

Note: This is an Alpine Shop class and you must register with the Alpine Shop to attend.

The registration fee is $5

Follow this link to register:

or call the Alpine Shop at[masked]-7715.

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  • Cynthia P.

    I am currently still at UM in Columbia and it is very unlikely that I will make it back to STL in time for this class. If permitted, I would be happy to have someone else use my ticket.

    4 days ago

    • Tom

      Let the Alpine Shop know and they may be able to switch you to the January class.

      4 days ago

    • Cynthia P.

      Thanks Tom! I will give them a call.

      4 days ago

  • Tom

    The Alpine Shop registration is full. There's another class in January.

    November 24

  • anne

    Forgot I overbooked myself will try again next time.

    November 14

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