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Orienteering Level 1

  • Boston Outdoor School 131 Walnut St Saugus, MA 01906 United States (map)
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Duration: 6 hours

Hours: 9am-3pm (with a break for lunch)


Cost: $95

Age: 16+


Orienteering is a competitive sport in which participants find their way to various checkpoints across rough country with the aid of a map and compass, the winner being the one with the shortest elapsed time. It is a wonderful sport focusing on navigation in the wilderness. Part trail running and part navigation, orienteering involves using a map and compass, as well as one’s ability to read the land, to move between checkpoints.  This course will teach the basics of short-range navigation as is common in beginner and intermediate level orienteering, as well as moving in the wilderness with a map in general.

The majority of this course will be about using both our compass and terrain features to move from location to location.  The art of understanding a map and how to use the terrain will be emphasized, and the compass will be a minor part of this program.  We will use the compass for gross direction finding but will rely on terrain features to guide us toward checkpoints.

We will work on a practice course moving through the woods. By the end of this program, you will have a huge advantage and confidence in your first orienteering course.  You will be able to move quickly because you will know how to use the map and terrain to guide you.


Scott Powers

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Scott has a diverse background, from rock climbing to ultra running, and is currently a Skimo competitor. Skimo, or ski mountaineering racing, involves competitors racing to be the first to the finish line using skis to travel up and down a mountainous course. He has completed multiple 50K trail races and spends his “spare time” enriching his backcountry knowledge.  

Scott is an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) certified Single Pitch Rock Climbing Instructor (SPI), is American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 and Rescue Certified, is a National Ski Patrol (NSP) Outdoor Emergency Care Provider, and a New England Emergency Medical Service Institute (NEEMSI) Paramedic. Scott is currently a ski patroller at the Blue Hills, working as a data scientist during the day building autonomous vehicles.



Boston Outdoor School

131 Walnut St

Saugus, MA 01906

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