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1 day (8:30am- 4:30pm)

Meeting Location

EMS in North Conway
1498 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860 directions


group classes run with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 people


$75 per person
private lessons also available


lodging is not included in course fee. students will be responsible for their own accommodations. click here for area lodging.

Gear List

Map and compass provided. Please wear clothing appropriate for the days weather, lunch, water and backpack. Also be sure to wear comfortable shoes (no sandals please)

Wilderness Navigation


LN1 510350

This comprehensive 8 hour course goes far beyond a basic map & compass skills clinic. Morning classroom sessions cover such topics as “Survival/Improvised Navigation”, reading topographic maps, understanding the many uses of a compass, triangulation, magnetic declination, and more! After lunch (not provided) the class will head into the field on a short easy/moderate hike to practice skills learned in the morning session; single point resection, using hand-rails, creating a white-out navigation plan, all with plenty of 1 on 1 coaching and modeling.

Skills learned

Celestial Navigation by sun, stars, moon
Terrestrial Navigation by vegetation, game trails, glacial evidence
Understanding Topographic Maps; scale, contours, orientation by association
Understanding Compasses: They do so much more than point north!
Finding a bearing on a map
Finding a bearing in the field
Following a bearing in the field
Adjusting for magnetic declination (when & how)
Triangulation, Single Point Resection
Creating a White Out Navigation Plan
Tricks of the trade

Notes: 1) Weather and conditions may inhibit us from covering all topics outlined in this course. Please be open to a flexible schedule. 2) Groups classes require a minimum enrollment of two people. If you are booking alone for a class your reservation is subject to change up until the last day if the minimum enrollment is not reached. If you have a flexible schedule and you do not mind being matched with other participants for the day, joining a class is a great cost savings way to take a lesson. If you have a limited schedule, or you do not wish to be paired with other participants, we strongly recommend booking a private lesson. Private lessons can be booked any day of the week and are guaranteed to run. For information about private reservations please call 800-310-4504 or click here.


Groups meet promptly at 8:30am at the Eastern Mountain Sports in North Conway. Click here for directions. Part of the day will be spent outside so please dress appropriate for the weather. You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day and a backpack to carry personal items. The day will end around 4:30pm back at EMS.

Included/ Not Included

Participants will be given a map and compass to use for the class. You are also welcome to bring your own. Meals, lodging and transportation are not included.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 8 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. For participants 17 or younger, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to climbing. If you have any questions please call 800-310-4504. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.