In WTC, we teach map and compass navigation which is one of the hallmarks of our course. We believe in the principle of “staying found,” which translates to knowing where you are at all times so that you can return safely to the trailhead. Our leaders strongly recommend that all students acquire a suitable compass that allows them to get the most out of the course. The most useful compass is one with a mirror.

You can purchase a compass with your course registration.  If you purchase a compass, it will be given to you on the first night of class.

We sell the Suunto MC-2 (or comparable model).  The compass has the following features:


Suunto MC-2 Compass

The Suunto MC-2 is a professional mirror compass for precise directional measurements. It provides an invaluable tool for those who place a particular premium on accurate and reliable directional measurements. This compass has all of the features the mountaineers look for in a quality compass. The features include:

  • Two Zone System
  • Clinometer
  • Large mirror
  • Jewel bearing
  • Additional sighting hole for superior accuracy
  • Baseplate with magnifying lens
  • Luminous two-color bezel ring
  • Detachable snap lock lanyard
  • Size: 65 x 101 x 18 mm / 2.5″ x 3.9″ x 0.6″ (with lid closed)
  • weight: 74 g / 2.65 oz