How to Take a Bearing on a Map

By Margaret Wheeler, 19 November 2012

  • DATE

    19 November 2012


    Margaret Wheeler


    Alpine & Ice Climbing

IFMGA Guide Margaret Wheeler takes you through the steps of one of the foundation skills for navigating with a map and compass. In simplest terms, it links the information provided by a map to the terrain around you. You can use this skill to locate peaks or terrain features, to confirm your own location as part of resection, or to navigate in whiteout conditions. For more about navigating with a map and compass, check out the book Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering, by co-authored by Margaret, Martin Volken, and Scott Schell.

Margaret Wheeler

Snoqualmie, WA

Margaret Wheeler learned to ski and climb at an early age in New England, and became interested in ski mountaineering while living in Europe for several seasons. In 2006, Margaret became the second woman in the US to complete her full AMGA IFMGA guide certification. An active member of the guiding community, Margaret is an instructor of guide training for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and serves on its board of directors and as president of the organization. She is involved in avalanche education through her work as an AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) instructor and trainer.

Margaret is the proud owner of a fully functional disco ball, and when in the US she and her husband can be seen driving a ginormous yet slender silver van (named Hedwig) around the western states.