Basic Navigation Course - Seattle
10/22/12 - 03/15/13
William S. Ashby (Qualified Youth Leader)
Seattle Mountaineers Program Center
Member: $50.00 / Non Member: $50.00
Cancellation and Refund Policy
This course is a graduation requirement for other Mountaineers courses including Basic Alpine Climbing, Alpine Scrambling, Backcountry Snowshoeing, and other courses. People who complete this course will receive a Navigation card valid for 3 years.
Sign Up Procedure:
Important note: To fully register and graduate from this course you need to sign up for these 3 separate components...
1) Register for this Basic Navigation Course and pay the course fee.
2) Sign up for an available Workshop. This is a 2.5 hour Workshop on a weekday evening at the Seattle Mountaineers Program Center. You'll be sitting at a table using your compass and maps to solve a complex series of navigation story problems.
3) Sign up for an available Field Trip (need to attend after the Workshop). This is a full day Field Trip on a Saturday or Sunday in the mountains near Index, WA. You'll be off trail in the woods using your compass to taking bearings and follow bearings. Carpooling is strongly encouraged because we'll be parking on private land with very limited space, so please specify your carpool preferences when signing up (or edit them later). Then click the link in your Profile to view other students' carpool preferences so that you can organize your own carpooling arrangements.
You'll need a "Mountaineers approved" compass which you need to purchase before attending the Workshop. Unfortunately you can't share a map or compass with a friend of family member during the course. Some local stores might run out of the model you want so it's recommended you buy a compass well in advance. Only specific compasses will be accepted, so before purchasing a compass make sure to read our compass requirements. Please note that the blue "Brunton O.S.S." compasses are not acceptable.
Reading Assignment (before attending the Workshop):
Prior to attending the Workshop you need to read chapters 1-5 of the Burns & Burns book "Wilderness Navigation". Mountaineers members get an additional 20% discount when ordering it online from Mountaineers Books as well as purchasing it in person at the Mountaineers Bookstore located in the Seattle Mountaineers Program Center. Please support the Mountaineers by purchasing it directly from the Mountaineers.
If you still want more to read after reading "Wilderness Navigation", see chapter 5 on Navigation in "Freedom of the Hills."
For more info about this course and the type of compass you need to purchase, please see...
A map & compass workshop at the Mountaineers Program Center (an evening).
A full day field trip at Heybrook Ridge near Index.
The course is held every year in multiple sessions from October through March. After signing up for and paying for the Course ($50) you should sign up for an evening workshop and an all-day field trip. The course is open to both Mountaineer members and non-members who are in reasonable physical condition with an interest in navigation. Note that members may get registration preference in some circumstances. The course is REQUIRED for Seattle Basic Climbing, Seattle Alpine Scrambling and Snowshoeing/Winter Travel. Students who complete the course will receive a Navigation card valid for 3 years.
A detailed description of the course, the USGS maps and type of compass required and the homework to be completed before the workshop are found in the GoGuide and at http://www.mountaineers.org/seattle/navigation
The Workshop takes place in the evening at the Mountaineer’s Program Center at Magnuson Park (7700 Sand Point Way NE). Click here to choose a workshop.
The Field trip is an all-day event at Heybrook Ridge near Index on SR 2. Click here to choose a field trip.
Students should sign up for one workshop and one field trip. You will receive a reminder for the events if you have a current e-mail address on file with the Mountaineers.
Please note that the opening date listed for Course registration may change after every navigation event for technical reasons.