Mar. 30 - 31, 2019
Oct. 26 - 27, 2019
Getting lost can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere.
BACKCOUNTRY LAND NAVIGATION
Today’s technology sometimes fools us into a false sense of security. In the uncharted and rarely traveled bush, relying on a smartphone for navigation will only work for so long and take us so far. Getting lost can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. The inevitability of needing help other than technology is why having solid navigational skills is critical when navigating terrain outside your comfort zone.
Our instructors have designed The Woodsrunner Backcountry Navigation Course for anyone who travels on the trail or wishes to leave the beaten path to experience the wilderness in its purest form. Over 48 hours, our instructors will provide the essential skills students need, including how to use a compass, read maps, analyze terrains, and even pick the safest routes available using proven measures. With these skills, our students will have the ability to travel over land and use the terrain to their advantage.
What should I expect?
Land Navigation is a skill that we acquire only through experience and practice in the field. This course requires hands-on participation by our students in order for them to establish and acclimate themselves to their individual paces. Students will conquer the wilderness during the day and at night all while simultaneously using a map, compass, and pace beads or rocks. We strongly suggest that students wear adequate footwear, clothing, and come prepared to walk extensively.
Upon completion of the Land Navigation course, students will be able to effectively read a topographical map and describe the terrain of the area their maps represent. Students will also have the ability to adequately use only a compass and pace count to safely find their way out of any wooded and rugged area.
What is covered in this course?
Navigating using a topographic map
How to orient a map using a compass
Discovering pace count
Using pace beads/rocks to determine traveled distance
Adjusting declination and its effects on the compass
Finding a bearing between two points on the map
Using a bearing to traverse off the trail
Accounting for terrain and vegetation to create travel plans
Use of handrails and backstops
Effectively negotiate obstacles
Determine the current location by triangulation and back bearings
Navigating during the night
Practice scenarios to put skills to use