Today’s technology sometimes fools us into a false sense of security. In the uncharted and rarely traveled woods, relying on a smartphone for navigation will only work for so long and take us so far. Getting lost can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. The inevitability of needing help other than technology is why having solid navigational skills is critical when navigating terrain outside your comfort zone.

Prerequisite: No Prerequisites Required


2 Axes


2.5 Days


$160 (18+) / $80 (12-17)

What is covered in the course? 

Our instructors have designed this course for anyone who travels on the trail or wishes to leave the beaten path to experience the wilderness in its purest form.  We provide the essential skills students need, including compass usage, map reading, terrain analysis, and even the confidence to pick the safest routes available using proven measures. With these skills, our students will have the ability to travel and use the terrain to their advantage.


Students will learn that developing wilderness awareness and the ability to effectively use navigation and signaling techniques greatly increases one’s ability to overcome a crisis situation and to be rescued.This course will also provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively use a variety of signaling techniques to improve their chance of rescue.

This course requires hands-on participation by our students in order for them to establish and acclimate themselves to their individual paces. Land navigation is a skill that we acquire only through experience and practice in the field.Students will conquer the wilderness both 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 help them safely navigate their way in and out of wooded and rugged areas.

Eligibility Requirements: Students must be at least 12 years old. All students younger than 18 must be accompanied by a paid parent or legal guardian.

Topics covered

  • Understanding the parts of maps and a compass 

  • How to read a compass and a map

  • Navigating using a topographic map

  • ​How to orient a map using a compass

  • Using pace beads or rocks to determine traveled distance

  • Adjusting declination and its effects on the compass

  • Finding a bearing between two points on the map

  • Accounting for terrain and vegetation to create travel plans

  • Use of handrails and backstops

  • Determine the current location by triangulation and back bearings

  • How to utilize man-made signaling devices and techniques

  • How to find, make and utilize natural signaling tools and techniques

  • Understanding the best-practices involved in rescue

  • Explore the importance of wilderness awareness

  • And much more!

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2664 Stomp Springs Rd.
Clinton, SC 29325
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