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  • Weather- and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Activity-appropriate closed-toe shoes
  • One-quart water bottle or hydration system
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler

Optional

  • Camera
  • Lip balm
  • Hat with visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack
  • Baseplate compass

What We Provide

  • Baseplate compass
  • Maps
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water

Map and Compass Field Training

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Take your map and compass skills to the next level on our half-day land navigation course.

  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Map-and-Compass Skills Course or equivalent
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Our four-hour off-trail navigation session is perfect for scouts, skiers, guides, hikers, backpackers and any outdoor enthusiast who wants increased confidence to safely navigate through the wilderness.

Building on the fundamentals from our introductory course, this training offers more hands-on field exercises to give you the knowledge and confidence you need to know where you are and which way is back to camp. Led by expert instructors, the small group will start indoors and then quickly head to the field to reinforce land navigation skills. Practicing with a compass and a local topographic map, our guides will cover plotting distance, time and pacing, how to find and follow a bearing and how to convert between true and magnetic bearings. Our map and compass field training offers the critical practice needed for accurate navigating, day or night – don't miss it!

All necessary navigation aids (maps and compass) are provided.

Our trips and tours are led by experienced guides who are passionate about the great outdoors and excited to share a new adventure with you. Please join us today.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.
Our four-hour off-trail navigation session is perfect for scouts, skiers, guides, hikers, backpackers and any outdoor enthusiast who wants increased confidence to safely navigate through the wilderness.

Building on the fundamentals from our introductory course, this training offers more hands-on field exercises to give you the knowledge and confidence you need to know where you are and which way is back to camp. Led by expert instructors, the small group will start indoors and then quickly head to the field to reinforce land navigation skills. Practicing with a compass and a local topographic map, our guides will cover plotting distance, time and pacing, how to find and follow a bearing and how to convert between true and magnetic bearings. Our map and compass field training offers the critical practice needed for accurate navigating, day or night – don't miss it!

All necessary navigation aids (maps and compass) are provided.

Our trips and tours are led by experienced guides who are passionate about the great outdoors and excited to share a new adventure with you. Please join us today.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.

†Please call ahead if you plan to use your own equipment as it must pass inspection by L.L.Bean staff before use. If it's deemed unsuitable, we will provide you with the necessary equipment.

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