Navigating With Map and Compass


Friday, March 27, 6 pm – 9 pm,  Saturday, March 28, 8 am – 5 pm

Meet at: Oasis Visitor Center
Fee: $85 JTNPA/PINE member $95 non member
Instructor: Misha Askren, Sierra Club Outings Leader
Hike Level: Moderate

Do you want the confidence to explore the desert and not get lost? Navigation specialist, Misha Askren will teach participants how to navigate using a map and compass in this two-day hands-on field class. Participants will learn the basics of topography, map reading, and the history of navigation during the Friday evening lecture and then spend all-day Saturday in the field. Misha will teach simple and straightforward map and compass skills separately and then combine them in a route-finding adventure in the wilderness of Joshua Tree National Park. These orientation techniques are potentially lifesaving skills that will allow participants to explore the wilderness and, most importantly, find their way back home.

Download the course outline:  Navigating with Map and Compass Sp 2015(approved)

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.


If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.


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