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MEC Victoria: Backcountry 101 - Map & Compass Navigation

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Monday, February 1st, 2016
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Join our camping specialists for a free one-hour clinic designed to introduce you to topographical maps, compasses and their use in backcountry navigation.

By the end of the session, participants will be familiar with topographic maps, the features that distinguish them from other types of maps and the reasons they are ideal for backcountry navigation, including:

- The following concepts/symbols on a topographic map:    
    Contour lines
    Basic color/terrain indicators
    Latitude/Longitude grid
    UTM grid

- The features basic to all compasses, as well as additional features that may be desirable in a compass intended for backcountry navigation.
- The following concepts will be discussed in detail:
    Interpreting real-life terrain features from a topo map
    Setting declination on a compass and its importance
    Shooting a bearing from terrain
    Setting a bearing from a topo map
    Following a bearing
    Straight line navigation vs. hand railing vs. aiming off

- Be familiar with other navigation resources available at MEC, as well as any additional navigation programming offered.

We will provide all of the materials you need for this clinic. Come with your questions and a sense of adventure!

Please meet in the camping department, in the south end of our store.

Register in-store or online at

Cost: Free Event
Category: Everything Else
    Health & Wellness
Sports | Recreation
Location: Mountain Equipment Co op
1450 Government St, Victoria
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Mountain Equipment Co-op
(250) 386-2667
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