Do you like to get out and explore, but worry about your skills to find your way back? Join WPWA and the Narragansett Chapter of the AMC for a two-part course (Thursday evening for 3 hours and Saturday day for 6 hours) that will teach you how to read and understand maps and use a compass correctly. At the end of this course participants should feel more comfortable with their abilities to plan routes and come out safely. This first part is a three hour indoor class held at the WPWA Campus. Topics include reading map symbols and contour lines, matching the terrain to the map, taking and using bearings, orienting map and compass, declination, determining your location and planning your route. Saturday's section will be conducted at Arcadia Management Area in Exeter. The morning session will allow participants to practice their new skills and learn other details about taking and using compass bearings. After lunch they will plan and then execute a bushwhack route through the woods. Instructors include experienced Northern Hikes Leaders from AMC. Participants should bring a declinated compass and plan to attend both dates. Price: $25.00/person. Register online at www.wpwa.org by Mon. May 8.
Ed has led hundreds of AMC hikes, including all 48 NH four thousand footers in winter. Ed has been an instructor for the AMC Mountain Leadership School since 1994, and is currently the School Director. Ed also instructs for the ADK Winter Mountaineering School. Ed has hiked most of the New England 4,000 footers and section hiked the John Muir Trail. Ed is the Leadership Development Chair and the Backpacking and Northern Hikes Committee sub-chair for the Narragansett Chapter.