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Map and Compass for Beginners

Date and Time

Friday, March 27, 2020 6:00PM - Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:00PM


Joe Dodge Lodge,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)


This two day (Sat and Sun) Map and Compass 101 in the "Outdoor Basics" series is designed for hikers seeking to gain skills in map reading and compass use. The course will offer two days of indoor and outdoor classroom instruction on the basics of using a map and compass. Program Highlights: Combination of classroom instruction and field time practicing skills Multiple hands on activities offered throughout the day Critical backcountry skill set in winter environment to enhance learning Final assessment includes winter bushwack Skill and learning outcomes include: Basic map reading. Covers types of map, common map features, and what to look for when purchasing a map. Orienting a map using compass and using land features Basic compass use. Instruction on basic features of the compass, how to shoot bearings and follow bearings over distance. Covers types of compass and what to look for when purchasing a compass. Locating yourself in the wilderness using map and compass and land features

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $289 member / $323 non-member
*Two days guided instruction by AMC Outdoor Guides; Group does not meet formally on Friday night; All meals from dinner on the first night to lunch on the last day; Two nights lodging at the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge; Suunto Compass Instruction only: Two days guided instruction by AMC Outdoor Guide Suunto Compass

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Instruction (Skills)
Specialty Skills

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Joe Dodge Lodge




Adults (18+)


AMC Guides are passionate about the outdoors and have the skills necessary to ensure safe adventures. Certified in wilderness medicine, with focused training in outdoor leadership and risk management, guides provide individual attention while reaching group goals. They possess local natural and cultural history knowledge and solid backcountry skills, and they follow well-planned itineraries. As lifelong learners, AMC guides create the connections and moments that become lasting memories.