Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Letterboxing 101: Lost in the Woods

Last fall at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Columbia I taught a beginner's map and compass class called Lost in the Woods. I am willing to offer it again for letterboxers interested in learning how to use a compass, how to read a topographical map, how to use a compass in conjuction with a map, how to count paces, and how to recognize natural landmarks so you know where you are on the map. The class consists of about a 1-hour lesson followed by about three hours of hiking mostly OFF-TRAIL and AS A GROUP for about two miles. Bring water and snacks.

Of course, there will be at least half a dozen stamps to collect and a logbook to sign into if you make it to the end. Letterboxing etiquette will also be shared, and, of course, you will get to hang out in the excellent company of mid-Missouri 's fine letterboxers. The class is free unless you wish to purchase a $2 colored map of the park which will aid you in your land navigation. I am thinking of doing this on Saturday March 3 from noon to about 4 p.m. with a make-up date of the following Saturday, March 10 if the weather is inclement. Any takers? I will bring a sign up sheet to the Feb. 3 Gathering. (So, Touch Trek, I will need my map back before then ;)

You may also wish to check out an excellent website at that provides some basic instruction on map and compass use.

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