Basic Navigation

In this basic navigation course, you’ll learn how to use your map and compass in order to navigate while on trail. In the first lesson, we cover compasses: what they are, the basic components, and how to find North. Lesson 2 covers maps: what to look for, keys, scales, and topography. In our third lesson, we’ll take your  skill of finding North and pair it with your knowledge of maps to learn how to orient a map.


What you’ll need:

  • Trail Map 
  • Compass

Our Education:

At GOREC, we use outdoor industry standards and best practices to inform both what and how we teach outdoor skills. For this course we leaned on the Wilderness Education Association’s Backcountry Classroom textbook as well as some of our other favorite teaching resources. For more information on our mission, vision, and education, please visit our ‘About Us’ page here.


At GO•REC we get you outside and teach you how to thrive there.
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