Compass Navigation Course Level 1

Training objectives

  • Being able to select the natural elements and methods necessary to orient oneself in situations where a map or compass is not available.
  • Being able to locate geographical features or elements of the terrain from a map.
  • Determine positions on the map, from the orientation instruments.
  • Determine the course to be followed, based on the navigation instruments, according to the destination or established itinerary.
  • Recognize local, national or international trails and itineraries in the area, based on direct observation.

Training contents


Orientation is one of the key tools not only in hiking or mountaineering, but in many other activities that take place in the natural environment. Knowing how to interpret a map is essential to be able to plan an outing, or to progress properly on the ground. It is in short, an essential element of security.

A path can fade, milestones disappear, fog or night surprise us.

Our knowledge should enable us to take a route that we have never done before.

For all these reasons, knowing how to orient oneself in nature is essential for all people who carry out their activities in wild places, from a hiker or amateur mountaineer to an explorer or professional mountaineer


Anyone who frequents the natural environment and wants to get started in this matter.

Contents and activities:

Basic Concepts: Projection Systems, Coordinate Systems, Datum,
Maps: Types of maps, Scales, legends, contour lines, landforms, distances, slopes and profiles.
Introduction to planning: Time calculation, observation points, decision points, alternative routes, points of interest.
The Geographic North, the Magnetic North, the Magnetic Declination. Directions: Course and Azimuth
Guidance by estimate
The Compass: Characteristics and its Use
The altimeter as a tool for orientation
Precision navigation
Directions and against directions
Alternative targeting methods

Accreditation Accrediting Diploma
Date of training (Beginning and Ending) 18 May - 20 May, 2021
Duration in days 2 days and a half
Location Vall Fosca, Pallars Jussà
Requisitos para realizar el curso:
  • +14 years
  • No prior training is required. Just interest, desire to learn and share.
  • Physical conditions: being able to walk two days, with a positive difference in altitude of 700-800 m and a route of about 10 km per day.
  • Respect the natural environment in which we will develop the activity, often natural parks with their own legislation that we must comply with.
Material required
  • - Clothing suitable for activities according to weather conditions
  • - Personal equipment: Sunglasses, sunscreen, personal hygiene kit
  • - Campsite: Adequate sleeping bag and mat, kitchen material (There is the possibility of sleeping in the shelter)
  • - Any questions, please contact us. Interested parties will be sent a list with the recommended material depending on whether they sleep in a shelter or not.
Included in the training:
  • 7 hours of theory in the shelter / classroom
  • Accommodation at the Amaroq Explorers Base Camp
  • 12 hours of practice
  • Amaroq Explorers Guide
  • Notes
  • Navigation material (Map, compass)
  • Accident and RC insurance
  • Taxes
Not included in training:
  • Displacement of students
  • Overnight at the refuge (the night of the field trip)
  • Meals
  • Everything that is not specified as included
Group size Mín 2 - Máx 6
Indicative price
  • 160 €/pax
Day 1
  • 09:00

    Welcome to the Amaroq Explorers Base Camp
    Start of Theory

  • 14:00

    Lunch break

  • 15:00


  • 18:00

    Resolution of doubts
    Preparing the team for the field trip

  • 19:30


  • 20:30

    Overnight at the Amaroq explorers Base CampBreakfast

Day 2
  • 07:00


  • 09:00

    Departure to the practice area

  • 10:00

    Arrival at the practice area
    Start of the activity

Day 3
  • 08:00

    After Breakfast, starting the activity

  • 14:00

    Arrival to vehicles
    Program completion