Staying Found

Summit Sisters Navigation Class for Women

May 27, 2023 – Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods

8:00am – 12:00 noon

We are opening our 2023 Summit Sisters Backpacking class to 6 additional students for this ONE special content session.

When I ask people what their biggest concerns are when it comes to hiking and backpacking, one of the most frequent responses I hear is, “I’m afraid of getting lost.” This class will help you gain the confidence you need to keep that fear from limiting your adventures!!

What will this class cover?

The heart of this class is focused on map and compass navigation. Learn:

  • Reading a topo map
    • Understanding contour lines, scale, legend, latitude and longitude, grid lines, and more
    • Using a map to plan your route
    • Where to find trail maps
  • Using a compass
    • Understanding parts of a compass
    • Cardinal and ordinal directions, headings/bearings/declination
    • Using the compass with a map to orient yourself
  • Practice
    • Setting a bearing
    • Following a set of coordinates
    • Using map and compass to navigate to a given destination
    • A compass will be provided for those who need one – details with paid registration

The class will also cover other practices to help you safely navigate trails and backcountry locations:

  • Staying found – How to keep yourself oriented so that you don’t need to get un-lost!
  • Navigating without a compass – What clues in your natural surroundings will help you keep your direction.
  • What to do if you lose your way – Stuff happens. What to do when you realize you’ve lost your direction.


    • Instructor – Nancy Ball, CAO of Summit Trek & Travel
    • Saturday, May 27, 8:00am to 12:00 noon. Rain or shine.
    • Location –Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods, Tealtown Road. (Exact location provided upon paid registration.) Class will be primarily conducted OUTSIDE.
    • Cost – $50/person
    • Registration deadline – May 6
    • A maximum of 6 participants can be added to our existing class.
    • Signed liability waiver is required with registration.


    Summit Sisters Map and Compass Navigation Class

    Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods, May 27, 2023

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    Payment and Waiver

    Your spot is secured by your non-refundable payment of $50.


    Payable by Venmo to @Nancy-Ball-112

    Payable by check made to Summit Trek & Travel, 8190-A Beechmont Ave., Suite 183, Cinti, OH 45255

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    Mail a hard copy of your signed waiver to Summit Trek & Travel, 8190-A Beechmont Ave., Suite 183, Cinti, OH 45255

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    Upon acceptance of your registration, you’ll receive additional information regarding the exact location and what to bring.

    Looking for a private trip for yourself or your group? Drop us a line.

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