This course will balance theory and practical applications of wilderness navigation techniques. The primary outcome will be competence in the use of map and compass to navigate in wilderness settings. Equally important will be the development of cartographic literacy. Students will gain an understanding of the history of cartography and its role in the development of human conceptions of place. We will look at the changes in technology, including GPS systems and mapping programs, and examine their impact on our understanding of the world and our place in it. The strengths and limitations of maps, including the ways they reflect cultural assumptions and are used to further them, will also be explored. Weekly field trips will provide opportunities for refinement of practical skills and serve as an introduction to local geography.