Students of this course will learn and practice the fundamentals of land navigation using a map and compass. The course will start by learning how to read a topographical map including various feature symbols, contour lines, scale, grid coordinates, and magnetic declination determination. Compass basics will be covered including taking and following bearings. Compass skills will be combined with the topographical map to measure a bearing along a planned route on the map, and then following that route in the field. Establishing your location by triangulation will be covered and practiced in the field. Navigational skills such as dead reckoning, aiming off, using handrails and catches will be explained and used in a field exercise. For those with GPS experience, techniques for efficient navigation and data collection by combining both methods will be discussed. However, the focus will be on developing map and compass skills as the primary navigational method.
Mandatory equipment is as follows:
- A compass with a siting mirror and declination adjustment (e.g. Silva Ranger or equivalent)
- Waterproof map bag
- Appropriate field clothing (long pants, long sleeve shirt regardless of temperature) and footwear for the weather (we may get wet and muddy)
- Eye protection (sunglasses if bright, clear safety glasses if cloudy)
- Gloves (thin leather work gloves)
- Rain gear - Small backpack for extra clothes, food and water.
Minimum age requirement: 12 years old.
Participants under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a
participating parent and/or guardian