This 20 hour class focuses on understanding the topographical map, orienteering compass and using them together to navigate cross country.
“Maps encourage boldness. They’re like cryptic love letters. They make anything seem possible” – Mark Jenkins, “To Timbuktu”
Never get lost! This two day class is for anyone who is a beginner to intermediate.
The Land Navigation I Course is designed to teach students to confidently navigate the outdoors.
This 20 hour class focuses on understanding the topographical map, orienteering compass and using them together to navigate cross country. The class will discuss the topographical map in detail including the legend or key, contour lines and relief shading. The orienteering compass has a number of features that make it ideal for orienteering. Once you understand the tools of the trade, the class will discuss how to plan routes, staying found, using terrain for navigation, safety bearings and using the compass to shoot azimuths and bearings. This class focuses on the understanding of terrain and terrain association to navigate. The 1100 acres of land offers a wide variety of terrain and every topographical feature! This class is very hands and the class will be frequently doing short hikes around the property to understand the association with contour lines and topography. Also covered is measuring distance on a map, taking your natural pace and risk management/mitigation.
The ability to go off trail with confidence opens up a whole new world of off-trail areas to explore. Hunters know that the best game hide deep in the woods where the trails don’t go and the fishing is always better at remote lakes and streams. Many of the best vistas are known only to locals and those with the skill and spirit to find them.
You will learn:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to navigate confidently through the wilderness. This is an excellent course for hunters, hikers, military and search and rescue.
Food and Water: Water will be provided but you will need to provide your own food of your choice. It is recommended that you bring quick field expedient meals such as freeze dried meals or MRE’s. They can quickly be made at the primitive camps and won’t slow down the learning process. You can also purchase food locally once you get here. Grocery Stores and several local eateries are within a reasonable driving distance.
Required Gear (No gear is provided, so come prepared):
Recommended Reading: Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter & GPS (Mountaineers Outdoor Basics) BY Bob Burns
Instructor: Jeffrey Laun