Hey cruiser folks, I will be holding a map and compass class on Tuesday, August 21st at 7pm sharp. Key details: - Bring your own compass if you have one. I will have a very limited quantity of extras. If you don't have one, consider picking one up at REI - basic models with everything you'll need run about $20-40 which is pretty cheap insurance! Make sure you get one with a baseplate. - Location: Creekwood Park (cul de sac of Creekwood Drive) coordinates: 45.705580, -111.004781 - We will begin PROMPTLY at 7pm to ensure we have enough daylight. Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in. We will go over the following: Maps 101: - Quick Geography essentials: latitude, longitude, elevation and North, West, East, South on planet Earth - How maps represent the real world - Topo maps and map symbols *maps of the area generously provided by Axles & Antennas Compass 101: - Parts of a compass - Where is North?? - How to take a heading - How to maintain a set course Putting it together- answering the 2 most important questions: - "where am I?" - triangulating your position - "how do I get there? - plot a course and follow it. My qualifications: I have a graduate certificate in cartography and Geographic Information Systems. I am also an experienced backcountry hiker and backpacker. In October I will be competing in the Rebelle Rally, an all-women's offroad navigational rally-raid that takes place in the California and Nevada desert over 8 days, using only analog navigation... no GPS! I am part of Team Free Range Dames (which you can follow at teamfreerangedames.com or @teamfreerangedames on facebook/instagram). Feel free to stay after the class to chat about the Rebelle, GPS systems, advanced analog navigation, women in the offroad industry, etc. I look forward to seeing you guys there!