How to Read a Topo Map

Published on Feb 25, 2021
Topographic maps are a little different from your average map. Once you get the hang of reading them, they help you visualize three-dimensional terrain from a flat piece of paper. Find out what you need to know in this REI Expert Advice Video.

Head to your local REI store to pick up a topographic map for your next adventure, ask questions or sign up for an Outdoor School navigation course (

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