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REI facilitated: Women’s Introduction to Map and Compass Navigation

August 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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During this field outing, our instructors will help you understand the information provided on your map, the proper use of your compass, and how to put the two together. You’ll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination). After covering these fundamentals, you’ll get time to practice taking a bearing from the terrain and your map so that you can make sense of your position and plan a route. This hands on, women’s focused course is a great introduction to outdoor navigation and map reading!

  •  Read a topographic map
  •  Understand the difference between true north and magnetic north
  •  Learn to calculate declination
  •  Use a compass to take a bearing, plot your position on a map, and develop a route plan
  •  Build confidence in your navigational skills

Registration Required. Fees Apply.


Lake Sammamish State Park
2000 NW Sammamish Rd
Issaquah, WA 98027
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(425) 313-1660
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