Land Navigation


In this seminar, we'll discuss aspects of a baseplate compass.  This type of compass is used to navigate in conjunction with a map.  We will also learn the features of two of the most common types of maps - the planimetric, or street map, and the topographic, or relief map.  We'll discuss why map scale is an important consideration in your travel plans.  In any case, it is the topographic map that is typically partnered with a baseplate compass.  We'll learn how to use a topographic map and compass together for practical purposes.  After examining the basics, we'll put together land navigation concepts in an outdoor setting.  We'll begin with compass use, including holding, operation, and taking bearings.  Next, we'll help you understand your pace length.  This is how you will measure distancees between points.  Finally, we'll follow this up with walking actual compass courses to reinforce the principles learned earlier.  You should leave this seminar with a much better understanding of the value of map and compass and how they can improve your ability to travel in an unfamiliar setting.

Seminar Objectives:

  • Explain the Features of a Compass and How it Works
  • Explain the Features of a Planimetric Map
  • Explain the Features of a Topographic Map
  • Understand the Implications of Map Scale
  • Show How to Take a Compass Bearing and Follow it
  • Show How to Orient a Map Using a Compass
  • Set up a 100-Meter Pace Course to Determine Your Walking Pace
  • Walk and Characterize an Established Compass Course


Cost: $19.95 per person

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