Past Meetup

WILDERNESS NAVIGATION (map & compass, orienteering)

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10 people went

Price: $20.00 /per person
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With GPS technology here to stay, learning how to read a map and using a compass is becoming a lost art. Whether you're a hiker or backpacker, knowing how to use a map and compass is critical for accurate wilderness travel.

Maps are excellent for giving you the overview of the area, but can you accurately determine your position? In this class, you will learn exactly how to pinpoint your location.

This class will give you the tools necessary for a more confident wilderness travel experience.

Topics covered:

Reading a topographic map Understanding declination and adjusting for it Terrain association Parts of a compass How a compass works How to pinpoint your location on a map Determining direction of travel Setting your pace count, so you can determine your distance traveled Movement around obstacles Leapfrogging ...etc

Using your newly acquired skills and knowledge, you will put them to the test by navigating a custom course set up to challenge you.

Every Course is different from the last, so repeat attendees can challenge themselves over and over... This course will spread out further than the last and have more markers added to it.

This class is both fun and exciting, and a great team building activity. At the end of the course you will have new skills that will build your confidence in the outdoors.


We'll gather and meet at the Santa Fe Dam Nature Center


From the 605 FWY, take the Live Oak or Arrow Hwy exit and go East. On Azusa Cyn Rd, make a left and follow the road up the hill to the park entrance. come down on the other side of the dam, at the first STOP sign, make a right. Follow the road to the second STOP sign and make a left. Follow that road back to the nature center and look for the Navy Blue Expedition with a survival skills sticker on the back window. Use this map for detailed route info >>> MAP (,-117.955956&spn=0.019293,0.042272)

Be advised, there is a park vehicle entry fee of $10. If you wish not to pay the fee, you can always park somewhere outside the park and walk back to the nature center or ride a bike. (about 1.25 miles back to the nature center). You may consider carpooling with your friends to help offset the vehicle entry fee.


What to bring

Bring a compass if you have one.

We will be outdoors, so bring appropriate attire. Wear comfortable clothing, because we will be doing skills exercises.

Bring a bag lunch and something to drink


This class runs approximately 5-6 hours