Topographic map and compass

Wilderness Navigation 1

Location: Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre
Duration: 1 day
Time: 0900 h – 1700 h
Cost: $125 CAD per participant
Dates: Feb 18, 2018 (ALMOST FULL)
Location: Bowen Park Complex
Duration: 1 day
Time: 0900 h – 1700 h
Cost: $125 CAD per participant
Dates: Mar 18, 2018 (FILLING UP)
Location: David Strong Building – UVic
Duration: 1 day
Time: 0900 h – 1700 h
Cost: $125 CAD per participant
Dates: Apr 22, 2018 (FILLING UP)

Route Planning
• Objectives
• Hazards
• Alternative plans

Map Basics
• Types of maps
• Scale
• Legends
• Colour codes
• Contour lines
• Terrain features
• Grid references
• Coordinate systems

Compass Basics
• Parts
• Declination
• Bearings

Route Finding
• Terrain management
• Macro-terrain vs micro-terrain
• On-trail vs off-trail
• Avoiding hazards

Navigation with Map and Compass
• Using a map in the field
• Recognizing terrain features
• Determining position
• Operating a compass
• Taking a bearing in the field

Additional Navigation Tools
• Altimeter
• GPS
• Smartphone apps

Required Supplies
• Map (92F/11)
• Compass with declination adjustment
• Notebook
• Pencil
• Personal hiking gear
• Snacks and drinks

Optional Supplies
• GPS (dedicated or smartphone)
• Smartphone GPS apps
• Altimeter watch

Recommended Reading
• Burns B. & M. Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & GPS. 3rd ed. Mountaineers Books. 2015. www.mountaineersbooks.org