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Orienteering for Beginners: Map & Compass Basics in Rocky Mounatin National Park

  • 1895 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Phone: (970) 586-3262
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This course is intended for the recreational hiker who has little or no experience reading a topographic map or working with a compass. Topics to be covered include: map vintage, next generation of U.S. topography maps by U.S.G.S., map symbology, reading contour lines, recognizing landforms, calculating percent and angle of slope, compass components, taking a compass bearing and correcting for magnetic declination, using a compass to point yourself in an arbitrary direction and correcting for magnetic declination, overland navigation via map and compass, and triangulation. All material is provided, and compasses will be available for loan. The class will combine indoor instruction with outdoor exercise at nearby locations