Orienteering and Compass Navigation Course Level I

Diploma certifying

3 days
Calendar: A demand
Location: On request

  • Introduction:

    The orienteering is one of the key tools not only for hiking or mountaineering, but also much more activities taking place in the wilderness. Knowing how to interpret a map is essential to plan a trip, or make an adequate progress on the field. It is definitely an essential element of safety.

    A trail may fade, disappear milestones, surprised fog or night.

    Our knowledge should enable us to make a route we’ve never done before.

    Therefore, orienteering in nature is essential for all people who develop their activities into the wild, since an amateur mountaineer, a trekker or an explorer or professional alpinist.


    • Anyone who frequents the natural environment and wants to start in this area.
  • Contents & activities:

    • Basics: Projection Systems, Coordinate System, Datum
    • Maps: Map types, scales, legends, contours, land forms, distances, slopes and profiles.
    • Introduction to planning: schedule calculation, observation points, decision points, alternative routes, points of interest.
    • The Geographic North, Magnetic North, Magnetic Declination. Directions: the direction and Azimuth
    • Orienteering  by estimation
    • Compass: Features and Use
    • The altimeter as instrument for orienteering
    • Precision compass navigation
    • Directions and against directions
    • Alternative methods of orienteering
  • Objetives:

    • Being able to select the natural elements and methods needed to orienteering themselves in situations where not available, a map or compass.
    • Being able to locate geographic features or elements on the field from a map.
    • Determine positions on the map, starting with orienteering tools.
    • Determine the bearing to be followed, from navigation instruments, according to the destination or itinerary established.
    • Recognize trails and itineraries of local range , national or international area, from direct observation.
  • Prerequisites:

    • No need any prior training. Only interest, desire to learn and share.
    • Physical conditions: being able to perform two days walk away with a positive slope of 700-800 m and a distance of about 10 km per day.
    • Respect the natural environment in which we develop the activity, often natural parks with legislation which we must obey.
  •  Needed Equipment:

    • Appropriate clothing, boots, backpack, personal equipment (sunscreen, sunglasses, hydration …)
    • Any questions, please contact us.
  • Estimated budget:

    • Included:

      • 7 hours of theory in refuge / classroom
      • 12 hours of practice
      • Amaroq Explorers Guide
      • Notes
      • Material Company (map, compass)
      • Taxes
      • Accident insurance
      • RC
  • Not Included:

    • Displacement of students
    • Overnight at the refuge
    • Foods
    • Anything not specified as included

 TOTAL:        150 €                           


Activity scheduled on the calendar. Also open on demand. This training can be adapted to the needs of the group.


DAY 1:

– Arrival at refuge/classroom
– 4 theory hours
– Dinner

DAY 2:

– Breakfast
– Practice into the field (6 practice hours)
– Back to the refuge/classroom
– 3 theory hours
– Dinner

DAY 3:

– Breakfast
– Practice into the field (6 practice hours)
– Farewell

Program may change depending on weather conditions and the environment. Activities may then be adapted, always with the aim of satisfying the content and course objectives.

– Location can be adapted according to group preferences and weather conditions and more favorable terrain.