Past Meetup

Map & Compass Course - Session One - Makeup

This Meetup is past

30 people went


The first session was a washout, so we've got a second opportunity for folks to come out for the map and compass class.

Navigating with a map and compass is a valuable skill whether you're in the city or the wilderness. Come out to Eagle Mountain Park to participate in part one of a three part series on compass navigation.

In session one, we'll be covering the basics of reading a topographical map, including determining distance and elevation, and recognizing landmarks for orienteering.

You'll need to bring the obvious with you:

Cheap compass ($5 at WalMart)

-Optional, but Recommended-
Sunglasses, hat, camera, binoculars, water, snack, sunscreen, towel, notepad and pencil, and jovial attitude!

-Completely Optional for Show and Tell Purposes-
Terrain map
Handheld GPS
Lolite and/or Sun Stone
Radio receiver with directional antenna
Polarized sunglasses
Antikythera device
Drift Sight

This session is led by illustrious fellow North Texas Outdoorsman David. Our friend has experience with compass navigation through the military, Boy Scouting, and as a radio operator.

We'll get started early before it gets super hot, and end just in time (11:00 - 11:30) to catch lunch at Poppy's Grill on Eagle Mountain Lake.


  • Former member

    Former member

    This meet up more then met my expectations. It was a long, very early morning drive to get there, but it was soo worth it. Thanks to the organizer, Della, to David for cramming four days worth of map compass training into one, and having it make sense. Lots of information on map reading & compass navigation to absorb, the practice exercises helped put that into context. And hey, thanks everyone, I enjoyed your company, and look forward to the next time we meet.

    4 years ago
  • Michael (Mike) B.

    Very informative. The provided USGS maps were great- large size were very useful for learning terrain features. David is an interesting and knowedgeable speaker. He expains, demonstrates and assists until everyone understands the information.

    4 years ago
  • Former member

    Former member

    Hello. Does anyone know if there will be another class beginning soon?

    4 years ago