Everett Navigation Course


Everett Navigation Course - Camp Edward

Learn to use a map and compass for trip planning and navigation in the back country.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

We will be starting our class at the Camp Edward Dining Hall at 8AM. Please arrive early to check in and get your group assignments.

Everett's Basic Navigation Course is a single-day event that teaches how to use a topographic map, compass, and altimeter for back country navigation. The course also emphasizes advance preparation, terrain reckoning, and route finding as a team responsibility. It includes lectures, indoor exercises, and outdoor navigation instruction and hands-on practice.

Sign in starts at 7:30. There you will be assigned to your group for the day. Please be on time, the lectures and classwork will start promptly at 8AM.

Please bring your compass (see required equipment for compass requirements), food, water, pencil, any materials needed for note taking, proper clothing for outdoor wilderness travel (no cotton, jeans or inappropriate shoes). Rain shell, Gaiters, gloves and boots are highly recommended, the outdoor portion can be very wet and muddy and there are many plants with thorns, spines and prickles. Weather can range from mild & sunny to cold & rainy, please be prepared.

After the indoor portion is completed all groups will head out with their group leaders for the field exercises. **Note that the field exercises will total 5-6 miles round trip**. Once each group has completed the exercises they will return to check in. Only when the entire group is accounted for can anyone leave.

Please contact us if there are any questions. Thanks and see you in class!



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Camp Edward

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Approved Compass - click HERE to download Everett Navigation's document on compass recommendations. 

Boots, gloves and appropriate clothing for inclement  wilderness travel.

Maps and course material will be provided but you can review them HERE and HERE ahead of time if you'd like.

Although Wilderness Navigation, 3rd Edition : Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter & GPS  is not required, it is highly recommended reading prior to the course.

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