Map & Compass Class, August 21 @7pm

Discussion in 'MT- 406 Cruisers' started by wklywilderness, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. wklywilderness

    wklywilderness Lady with a Lexus SILVER Star

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    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 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!
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