As search & rescue personnel, it is very important to *not* get lost in the backcountry (even when technology fails), and to be able to navigate precisely. This goal of this class is to introduce the use of a map and compass, and teach the basics of selecting routes and describing locations in the backcountry.
Map reading & interpretation
Use of map scales
Finding and following bearings with a compass
Using a compass with a map
Fundamentals of terrain interpretation & route selection
Describing your location to others
Saturday is a classroom and field day, Sunday will be a all day field day.
Bring a pen and/or pencil. Course materials will be provided.
Bring your own meals for this:
2 lunches you can take in the field
a breakfast and dinner to be cooked at the campsite
Expect cold, windy weather, possibly wet. Dress accordingly!
The campsite has few trees, so plan to bring trekking poles or something similar.
Bring along your tarps/lines/stakes from Outdoor Skills to use for your shelter.
Bring a mapping compass with a mirror if you have it. Leave your lensatic or military-style compass at home, it will only get in the way and slow you down. We have a limited number of loaners.
The unit will place a group order of compasses before this class, and people who order a compass will get them first thing in the morning. The unit standard compass is a Suunto MC-2/260/D/CM/IN/NH. The cost for the compass as part of the group purchase is $45.