Wilderness Navigation Part 1

An Introduction to Map and Compass

This course will teach you a set of skills that every outdoors man and woman should know, basic map and compass! While a lot of us have access to Smartphones and GPS, that is no excuse for not knowing how to read a map and navigate using a compass. This course will walk you through the online tools you can use to get professional topographic maps for free, and then teach you everything you need to know in order to use them effectively.

What You'll Learn

At the end of this course you will be confident in your map and compass skills! We will cover:

  • Types of maps
  • How to choose a map for your activity
  • Where to source free maps online
  • How to read topographical maps
  • How to communicate coordinates on a map
  • How to perform basic compass skills

What to Expect

Each lesson comes with full video based instruction broken down into easily digestible sections. This approach makes even the most complex concepts understandable, and more importantly, actionable. The beauty of learning online is that you can pause, rewind, re-watch anything you need to at any time. Not to mention, if you are busy, you can always take a break and return to the course at a later date.

What You'll Need

There are no prerequisites for this class! All you need is a desire to learn and a computer (tablet or mobile phone) with internet access. We will use maps from free online sources that I will lead you to! If you have an "All Trails Pro" account we will help you use it but it is not necessary for this course.

Your Instructor

Morgan Moe
Morgan Moe

Hi There! My name is Morgan and I am the founder of Love and Trails. I started Love and Trails to share my passion for both wilderness first aid, navigation, safety and the great outdoors. I want YOU to be prepared for any adventure, big or small, and have the knowledge and skills to safely manage any incident you encounter in the backcountry. I am an Emergency Medical Technician with a BSc in Kinesiology and a real passion for wilderness medicine! Are you ready to upgrade you skills? Join me!

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! This course is completely free so all we ask is that you kindly let us know what we can improve :)

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