Women's+ Guided Map and Compass Class

Date and Time

Friday, April 26, 2024 5:30PM - Sunday, April 28, 2024 3:00PM


AMC Highland Center,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 10am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)


Join us for a weekend of learning and skill building in the beautiful White Mountains! In an era dominated by digital navigation tools and apps, the art of using a map and compass remains an essential skill for any outdoor enthusiast. Our entry-level Map and Compass class is designed to take you back to the basics of navigation, emphasizing the importance of these timeless tools in ensuring safety and confidence in the wilderness. Taught by experienced AMC Guides, this hands-on course is crafted for beginners and aims to instill a strong foundation in analog navigation techniques, offering a deep dive into reading topographic maps, understanding compass functions, and blending both skills to navigate through varied terrains confidently. Whether you're a hiker, backpacker, hunter, or simply an adventure lover, mastering these fundamental skills will enhance your outdoor experiences and prepare you for any situation where technology might fail. Course Highlights: Understanding Topographic Maps: Learn to interpret map symbols, features, and contours to visualize the terrain and plan your route effectively. Compass Basics: Get acquainted a compass and it's parts, learning how to use it alone to find directions and in tandem with a map to navigate. Field Techniques: Practice hands-on navigation exercises in an outdoor setting, applying what you've learned to real-world scenarios. Problem Solving: Develop strategies for when you get lost, including how to reorient yourself using a map, compass, natural features, landmarks, etc. Safety First: Emphasize the importance of preparation, including how to plan your route, what to pack, and the role of digital tools as a backup, not a primary resource. This course not only equips you with vital skills but also fosters a deeper connection with the natural world, encouraging mindful exploration and a greater appreciation for the environment. Whether you're preparing for your first outdoor adventure or looking to strengthen your navigational skills, this course is an invaluable step towards becoming a more self-reliant and confident explorer. Women's+ Adventures: These experiences are led by women, trans and non-binary folks for members of these marginalized genders. These trips offer the spirit of adventure in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $580 member / $720 non-member
*Instruction and leadership by AMC Outdoor Guides Lodging on Friday and Saturday nights Members of the same party sharing a Lodge room are charged a reduced per person rate Free use of gear and equipment from LL Bean Gear Room Handouts and a Suunto compass All meals from dinner the first night to lunch the last day

Past participants say...

"Taking the knowledge and practicing it both in the hands-on exercises outdoors and in the classroom. This was an excellent program-clearly taught and well done. Invaluable knowledge for hiking." -Participant, March 2022 "Enjoyed having two knowledgeable instructors who were engaging and articulate in explaining new concepts." -Participant, March 2022

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Map and Compass


Instruction (Skills)
Specialty Skills

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Highland Center at Crawford Notch




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.