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Basic Navigation Course - Everett (for Students)

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Everett Navigation

Evan Moses

7:30 AM

Camp Brinkley

Member: $40.00 / Non Member: $50.00
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This activity is for student registration in the Everett Mountaineers Basic Navigation Course.

Route finding is an instrumental part of reaching a backcountry destination and returning home safely. This course promotes the active participation of all party members in backcountry navigation and teaches the skills necessary to do so.

It is a full-day class that includes lectures, indoor exercises, and outdoor practice. In addition to map, compass, altimeter-and how to use them together, we cover route planning, terrain awareness, and other rational skills for finding your way on and off the trail.

This class satisfies the navigation requirement for the Basic Climbing and Alpine Scrambles Courses offered by all Mountaineer branches. While the course is targeted to those audiences, the skills taught are useful for many kinds of outdoor activities.
Everett's Basic Navigation Course is a single-day event that teaches how to use a topographic map, compass, and altimeter for wilderness navigation. The course also emphasizes advance preparation, terrain reckoning, and route finding as a team responsibility. It includes lectures, indoor exercises, and realistic outdoor practice.

This enrollment is for students only. To signup as an instructor, click here: Instructor Signup

While this course is designed for climbing and scrambling students, it is open to anyone interested in improving their land navigation skills.

You may enroll online using this website and a credit card or by phoning the clubhouse. Signup is open through Wednesday preceding the course, however, if the enrollment minimum is not met a week earlier, the course may be cancelled.


  • Check in opens at 7:30 am
  • Class begins at 8:00 am
  • Lunch is a working lunch during class time
  • Dismissal is about 6 pm

The course location is at Camp Brinkley near Lake Roesiger. Allow 45 minutes driving time from Monroe or Lake Stevens. Please use the north (Camp Brinkley) entrance and not the south (Camp Pigott) entrance, as driving through the camp is not permitted. Be advised that driving directions are not simple, so plan ahead and allow ample time.

Driving directions:
From the I-5 or Highway 9 corridors, the shortest drive is from the west, following Dubuque Road. Driving instructions from that direction are as follows:

  • From Frontier Village Transit Center, go south on Highway 9 for 1.3 miles.
  • From the intersection of Highway 9 and 20th St SE (Hewitt Ave), go east for 1.6 miles.
  • Continue onto Williams road at the sharp corner and wind down the hill for another .4 miles.
  • Turn right onto Machias Cutoff Road and go east for .2 miles.
  • At the stop sign, turn right onto South Machias Road and go south for 1.1 miles.
  • At the nursery, turn left onto Dubuque Road and go east for 7.4 miles. (If you find yourself on Woods Creek Road, then you have gone too far).
  • Turn left onto S. Lake Roesiger Road and stay right for 2.4 miles.
  • At the Lake Roesiger Store, turn right onto Monroe Camp Road and go east for 1 mile.
  • At the Camp Brinkley entrance sign, turn right and follow the camp road to the parking lot.

From the I-405 corridor, the shortest drive is from the south, following Wood's Creek Road. Driving instructions from that direction are as follows:

  • From the Eastside, take I-405 north to Hwy 522.
  • From Bothell, take Hwy 522 to it's end in Monroe.
  • Turn left onto Hwy 2 and go north 3/4 mile to the red-barn stop light.
  • Turn left onto Woods Creek Road
  • Continue north for 10.3 miles, keeping right at every fork. (If you find yourself on Dubuque Road, then you have gone too far).
  • Turn right onto S. Lake Roesiger Road and stay right for 2.4 miles.
  • At the Lake Roesiger Store, turn right onto Monroe Camp Road and go east for 1 mile.
  • At the Camp Brinkley entrance sign, turn right and follow the camp road to the parking lot.

Informal carpools should leave the Lake StevensTransit Center or the Monroe Park-N-Ride at 6:30 am. The transit center is south of Frontier Village between the Target Store and Highway 9. The park-n-ride is on the outskirts of Monroe, just west of the fairgrounds.

What to Bring:
For indoor exercises, students need a compass, a topographic map of Stevens Pass (USGS 7 1/2 minute preferred, Green Trails acceptable), and a pencil. We advise you to get your Stevens Pass map early, as supplies tend to be limited this time of year. Some students also find a straight edge or protractor handy. There will be a supply of hot water, so you may want to bring a cup and your favorite instant drink.

For outdoor exercises, bring a lunch, dress warm and be prepared for muddy trails, steep terrain and adverse weather. In addition to the above items, students need a clear, waterproof cover for an 8 1/2 X 11 handout, a daypack, sturdy footwear and other gear suitable for travelling through mud and wet brush.

Hiking poles and clipboards are useful, but the tradeoff is that you may need your compass often and only have so many hands.

You must bring a prismatic compass: one with a sighting mirror and declination adjustment. It should have a liquid-filled housing that rotates on a transparent baseplate. It is also important to have a 360 degree asimuth scale with 2-degree increments.

Here is a partial list of acceptable models:

  • Brunton 15TCDL
  • Suunto MC-2 Pro
  • Suunto MC-2G Navigator

Be advised that we have encountered several Silva Ranger CL compasses with serious defects and therefore CANNOT recommend that model.

Advance Reading:
Students are encouraged to read Wilderness Navigation by Bob and Mike Burns. There is also a relevant chapter in Freedom of the Hills.

11/28/12 @ 9:00 AM

03/06/13 @ 5:00 PM

Trip Data



USGS Stevens Pass

Wilderness Navigation
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 8th ed


Non-members Welcome!