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Take your map and compass skills to the next level on our half-day land navigation course.
  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Map-and-Compass Skills Course or equivalent
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Our four-hour off-trail navigation session is perfect for scouts, skiers, guides, hikers, backpackers and any outdoor enthusiast who wants increased confidence to safely navigate through the wilderness.

Building on the fundamentals from our introductory course Intro to Map and Compass, this training offers more hands-on field exercises to give you the confidence you need to get where you want to go. Led by expert instructors, the small group will start indoors and then quickly head to the field to reinforce land navigation skills. Practicing with a compass and a local topographic map, our guides will cover plotting distance, time and pacing, how to find and follow a bearing and how to convert between true and magnetic bearings. You'll learn the tricks and techniques to help you effectively navigate in a variety of situations and terrain. These skills are vital for anyone who is planning on exploring off trail.

All necessary navigation aids (maps and compass) are provided.

Our trips and tours are led by experienced guides who are passionate about the great outdoors and excited to share a new adventure with you. Please join us today.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

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*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.

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What to Bring
  • Weather and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Rainwear
  • Hiking footwear
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • One quart water bottle or hydration system

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera

What We Provide
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Use of all necessary activity equipment: compass, local Topo maps, etc.
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4  out of  4 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
June 5, 2018
Very Informative!
I took the Maps and Compass Field Training course over the past weekend, and was ecstatic to find it was exactly what I had been looking for. I needed... more
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5 / 5
September 17, 2017
Advanced Map and Compass
I enjoyed my advanced map and compass with Paul F. He did a good job in letting us figure out the various problems we could encounter with a map and compass... more
Litchfield, Maine
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5 / 5
September 10, 2017
Excellent course
This is an excellent course, and Warren was a great teacher, with lots of encouragement and positive feedback. The field component seems to me to be an... more
Dedham, Mass
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5 / 5
June 26, 2017
Fantastic Hands-on Training
I was lucky enough to be able to take this "Field Training" course the day after I took the "Intro to Map and Compass Skills" course. It was perfect, because... more
Portland, ME
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