Map and Compass Navigation - CA
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Trip at a Glance
Los Angeles, California, United States
$195 USD per person
16 hours over 2 days
Departure Day(s) and Time(s)
Various .. Inquire!
Los Angeles, CA
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).
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!
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.
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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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