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Intro to map & compass skills

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


The Saskatchewan Orienteering Association and the Great Plains Section have collaborated to present a day of map and compass skill building. Join us on 8 June from 10 am to 2 pm.

Introductory Map & Compass Navigation Clinic

  • Location: White Butte Trails near Regina, featuring both classroom instruction at the ski shelter and hands-on practical exercises outdoors.
  • Audience: This clinic is designed for beginners and those wishing to refresh their basic navigation skills, catering to members of the Alpine Club of Canada Great Plains Section and their families.

Clinic Objectives:

  • Introduce the fundamentals of map reading and compass navigation.
  • Empower participants with basic navigation skills to have safer outdoor adventures.


  • Introduction to maps: Learn about different types of maps, symbols, and how to interpret terrain features.
  • Compass basics: An overview of how a compass works, its components, and using a compass for navigation.
  • Understanding declination: Explaining magnetic declination, its significance, and how to adjust for it in navigation.
  • Plotting a position: Techniques for plotting a position using latitude/longitude and UTM coordinates.
  • Orienteering basics: Reading an orienteering map. Map orientation, Rough bearing, route planning, map folding/thumbing.

Practical Application 

  • Setting bearings: Hands-on practice in setting and following bearings using a compass.
  • Measuring distance: How to measure distance on a map and estimate distances in the field. Pacing measurements.
  • Orienteering activity: Applying learned skills through a fun navigation activity finding specific points and navigating an actual orienteering course.

Materials and Equipment:

  • Maps of White Butte Trails tailored for the clinic will be supplied.
  • Compasses available for all participants (bringing your own is encouraged).

Participant Requirements:

  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.  Watch, phone, or some way to tell time is necessary.
  • Bring personal water bottles and snacks. Bug spray and sunscreen recommended


  • $65 for Non SOA members
  • $60 for SOA Members

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June 8
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Trip Info & Guidelines

Guidelines For Trip Participants

All trips listed in the Great Plains Section’s trip schedule are coordinated by amateur volunteer hikers, skiers and climbers. When on a trip, participants must act in a manner that is safe and responsible and participants are expected to bring the equipment requested by the trip organizer. Participants should find out the requirements and demands of the trip well in advance by asking the organizer and researching the trip in guidebooks and other literature. You must be a member of the Great Plains Section of the Alpine Club of Canada to join a trip.

Further guidelines for participants
  • Be prepared to complete a Release of Liability (Waiver). Waiver Form
  • You must be a member of the Great Plains Section of the Alpine Club of Canada to join a trip.
  • Sign up for trips that will challenge you, but are not beyond your abilities. If unsure, ask the trip organizer and tell them your experience and fitness level. People inexperienced in the mountains should start with easier trips.
  • Learn about the trip before you attend (which route, number of kilometers, amount of vertical gain/loss, type of terrain, length of day, etc.).
  • Give as much notice as possible to the trip organizer if you are unable to go on the trip. There are often waiting lists of other members who would like to go. If you do not provide enough notice of cancellation for your spot to be filled, your trip deposit will not be refunded.
  • Ensure that you have the right equipment and that it is in good repair.
  • For winter trips, ensure that you are using a digital avalanche transceiver and that it is in good working order. Single antenna/analog transceivers are not acceptable.
  • Bring your helmet on all moderate and difficult scrambles and all climbing trips. Leaders may ask you to bring your helmet on certain ski trips as well.
  • Be prepared to contribute to the trip and carry part of the group gear (ropes, etc.).
Personal Insurance
In addition to the liability coverage that the ACC provides for its members when they are participating in ACC activities, the ACC sells, through TuGoTM Travel Insurance, personal insurance for trips.

As a broker for TuGo, the ACC offers Emergency Medical Insurance, Trip Cancellation Insurance, Baggage Insurance and more. These policies are available to all Canadians travelling outside their home province within Canada as well as internationally.

If you require medical attention while you’re traveling outside of your home province, or outside of Canada, your provincial health care plan may not cover you. The ACC’s trip insurance covers air ambulance, emergency medical and many other medical expenses. Climbing, skiing and other backcountry accidents are not exempted (as they are with many insurers).

For more information and online quotes, click here.

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