Land Navigation I - Map Reading

Knowing how to read a topographic map is one of the most fundamental backcountry skills you can have. Land navigation is becoming easier with advances in GPS and smartphone technology.

Have you considered what happens when you lose cellular signal and realize you didn't download the required maps? What happens when your trip lasts longer than expected, and your batteries die?

This course covers all aspects of the first and most important skill: map reading.

Topics covered include:

  • Types of Public Land
  • Map Selection
  • Distance and Direction
  • Contour Lines
  • Terrain features
  • Coordinate Systems
  • Vegetation
  • Route Planning

Required Equipment:

  • None
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