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A Northeast Illinois Canoe and Kayak Club

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Navigating your way through the wilderness with map and compass

  • 2017-07-08
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Blackwell Forest Preserve


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Date(s): July 8, 2017 (Rain date: July 15, 2017)
Leader:  Steve LaPorte
Location:  Blackwell Forest Preserve
Skill Level:  Beginner
Category:  Instruction
Details:  Class will begin with an introduction to fundamental navigation concepts and tools and then we will 
head out to practice.  Our route will allow each student to follow their progress on their map and practice using the contour lines on the map and triangulation using surrounding terrain and landmarks.

We will eat lunch at Blackwell, then paddle our boats from the Mack Rd. landing to McDowell Grove, following our progress on the map.

Students should be prepared by bringing a compass, straight edge, and pencils. If you do not have a compass, please choose the registration option "plus compass" and we will supply you with a Silva compass for $12 (included at checkout).

Students will receive a full day of instruction and printed copies of five maps and other handouts.


  • PSC member (bring your own compass): $15
  • PSC member (compass provided): $27
  • Non-PSC member (bring your own compass): $35
  • Non-PSC member (compass provided): $47
If you need us to supply a compass, you will need to register by June 17.

If you are supplying your own compass, registration will close on July 1 .
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