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Introduction to Map- and Compass-Skills Course

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This four-hour course is just what you need to confidently navigate through the outdoors.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

A great course for individuals new to navigating with a compass. Our map and compass course will introduce you to the techniques and tools essential for wilderness navigation.

You'll start with a detailed look at the components of a USGS topographical map. Our experts will explain the importance of contour, terrain, how to read a map legend, and how to access maps that are best for your outdoor activity.

During this course, students will also learn the components of a handheld compass, how to use and trust the compass, plus how to obtain and follow a bearing from map to compass and compass to map. Additionally, your instructor will discuss declination (magnetic north vs. true north) and its importance in navigating with a map and compass.

This is a hands-on skills-based course; please come prepared to participate indoors and out.

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

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 weather conditions and your level of exertion.

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What to Bring
  • Weather- and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Hiking footwear
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • One quart of water (no glass bottles)

Optional
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Snack

What We Provide
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Use of all necessary activity equipment: compass, local Topo Maps, etc.
Average Rating 
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35  out of  36 ( 97% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
August 2, 2020
Highly Recommend
Traveled 4 hrs RT for this 4-hour course with our instructor, Bob, in Freeport, ME. Well worth it! Our class of six participants came with a range of knowledge... more
Maine
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5 / 5
February 17, 2020
February 2020- fantastic class!
Where to begin? I echo everyone else’s reviews of Chads map and compass class. He truly is an wonderful instructor With a depth of knowledge and love that... more
Germantown ny
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5 / 5
December 17, 2019
Learned so much!
I took Chad's intro map & compass class in Dec 2019 (Albany NY) and it exceeded my expectations. Chad's subject matter knowledge was very... more
Albany, NY
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5 / 5
December 17, 2019
Awesome instructor and class!
Kelly is truly an amazing instructor at the Center Valley, PA store. She taught the material so that it was both exciting and interesting. I learned so... more
Center Valley, PA
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5 / 5
November 23, 2019
Great and fun course!
This was a fun and hands-on course. The instructor and the class were energized and focused. We used different maps - some of this area and some not -... more
PALM
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5 / 5
November 4, 2019
Intro to Map and Compass Course with Chad
I took the Introduction to Map and Compass skills course with Chad in Albany on November 3, 2019. The class was a great time and Chad was an excellent,... more
New Jersey
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5 / 5
November 3, 2019
Intro to Map and compass class
Took the class in Albany. Chad the instructor was excellent. I'm glad I took this class and look forward to taking more classes on this subject.
rensselaer, ny
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5 / 5
June 30, 2019
Excellent Class!
This is an excellent class that everyone planning an outdoor adventure should take. Chad is a great instructor!
Albany
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5 / 5
February 17, 2019
Great Class!
Mike was a great instructor! Great intro to map and compass. Highly recommend it! Will definitely be doing the advanced training.
Allentown, PA
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5 / 5
February 13, 2019
Informative
Although it wasn't everything I expected, it definitely was informative! I was thinking it would be more field work but it was more classroom work.... more
Albany
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