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Map and Compass Navigation - CA

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Uber Adventures

  • Locations

    Los Angeles, California, United States

  • Activities

    Adventure, Orienteering

  • Price
    $195 USD per person
  • Duration

    16 hours over 2 days

  • Avg Distance

    1 mile

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Various .. Inquire!

  • Starting Location

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Price Includes

    All instruction, handouts and USGS topographic maps (quadrangles) for the practice area. Silva Ranger CL Compasses will be available at the store at a 15% discount ($45.89).

  • Notes

    nb: If you decide to bring your own compass, be sure it has a sighting mirror, orienting arrow, orienting lines, clear base plate, declination scale and a rotating dial/bezel.


  • Compasses & how they work; Magnetic North vs. True North and using Declination; USGS Topographic Maps (Quads) Legend, Symbols & Contour Lines
  • Terrain Recognition for interpreting features; Micro-Navigation for keeping track of exact location; Dead Reckoning for obscure navigation challenges
  • Naismith's Rule & Backpacker's Rule for preparation and estimating distance travelled; Orienting a Map in the field; Taking Bearings/Plotting Bearings
  • Finding Location through Triangulation; Latitude/Longitude vs UTM Coordinates; Tips & Tricks for Navigating without a Map & Compass!


Trip Info

Map & Compass Navigation (aka Orienteering): The Art of Staying Found

“I’m pretty sure you can’t get there from here.”

Gain confidence in finding your way and knowing where you are whether you’re on-trail or traveling cross-country. This comprehensive 2-day course covers the essential skills of back-country navigation using the most reliable of equipment: Map & Compass!

YOU are the ‘WHO’ … we’ll provide the ‘WHAT’, ‘WHERE’, ‘WHEN’, ‘WHY’ and ‘HOW’ of Map &a Compass Navigation. In the age of Global Positioning Satellites (and the electronic devices used to access the network … commonly referred to as GPS units), why is learning Map & Compass navigation still relevant? Think of a GPS as a luxury, and a Map & Compass as a necessity. Will a GPS work if the batteries die? Will a GPS work in a canyon? Will a GPS work when it’s overcast or if under a canopy of trees? Will a GPS be useful without maps? The answer to those questions is “probably not!”While a GPS is a fantastic tool, it is not as reliable as ye olde map and compass.

Staying found (or not getting lost) is not an instinct or an innate skill … but it CAN be learned.

Your adventure awaits!

Uber Adventures

We are primarily an Adventure Sports Training Centre and Outdoor School. We offer a variety of canyoneering courses. It combines hiking, wading, swimming, jumping, sliding, boulder-hopping, scrambling, rock-climbing, pack rafting and rappelling, often over waterfalls.

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