Staying Found: On-Trail Navigation - 2024

Navigation, Backpacking & Day Hiking Course

Staying Found: On-Trail Navigation

This course is focused on learning and practicing key skills to maintain an ongoing awareness of where you are and how to find yourself if you get lost on even the most complicated trail system.

This course, tailored to on-trail adventurers, is designed to help students become confident reading a topographic map, using a compass and altimeter, and maintaining awareness of their location on a trail. Students will receive detailed information on skills and tools, as well as hands-on practice on the trail. Basic digital navigation instruction using Gaia will be included. Students must complete the following components to graduate from the class and receive an On-Trail Navigation badge:

  • The evening online instructional seminar on May 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m.  Register for the seminar. 
  • field trip on May 18 or May 19 at 9:00 a.m. held outdoors at Tiger Mountain State Forest. You will need to register for one field trip, which includes map and compass exercises, a trip planning exercise, and  a hike to apply the skills you have learned. 
  • The online Low Impact Recreation course (completed at your leisure).

An optional navigation hike to practice your navigation skills will be offered after the field trip. Date, time, and location will be announced by email after the field trips are completed.

Readings will be assigned from the Modern Wilderness Navigation pdf found in the course materials.

Additional Course Materials will be uploaded by March 10th.

FIELD TRIP REGISTRATION: PLEASE READ!

  • Please sign up for one field trip only. If the field trip you would like is filled, select another.  Do not add yourself to the waitlist.
  • The options are Easy Peasy (easy), Swamp Foot (easy), Talus Rocks (moderate), and Great Adventure (moderate), from easiest to hardest. The routes are 3-5 miles with varying levels of elevation gain.
  • Each route will be offered at  9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
  • The field trip will take 5-6 hours. 

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
For Leaders Only: Staying Found Orientation (optional)
Online Classroom
Wed, May 1, 2024
Registration opens Mar 1
11 participants
For Leaders Only: Staying Found Field Trip Practice (optional)
Tradition Plateau Interpretive Shelter
Sat, May 11, 2024
Registration closes May 2
11 participants
Staying Found Fundamentals of On-Trail Navigation: Online Workshop
Online Classroom
Tue, May 14, 2024
Registration closes Apr 30
40 participants
18 instructors
Staying Found Field Trip - Great Adventure (optional)
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Sat, May 18, 2024
Registration closes May 16
4 participants
1 instructor
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closes May 15
6 participants
0 instructors
Staying Found Field Trip
Tradition Plateau Interpretive Shelter
Sat, May 18, 2024 -
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closes May 15
0 participants
Staying Found Field Trip - Easy Peasy (optional)
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Sat, May 18, 2024
Registration closes May 16
0 participants
1 instructor
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closes May 15
6 participants
0 instructors
Staying Found Field Trip - Talus Rocks (optional)
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Sat, May 18, 2024
Registration closes May 16
6 participants
1 instructor
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closes May 15
8 participants
0 instructors
Staying Found Field Trip - Swamp Foot (optional)
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Sat, May 18, 2024
Registration closes May 16
8 participants
1 instructor
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closes May 15
4 participants
0 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
Required Equipment

For the online seminar:

  • Baseplate Compass with adjustable declination (see  Mountaineers Information Sheet)
  • Green Trails Tiger Mountain map #204S

For the field trip:

  • Baseplate Compass with adjustable declination 
  • Green Trails Tiger Mountain map #204S
  • A 1-gallon ziplock bag to protect your map
  • Smartphone with GaiaGPS loaded
  • Whistle or other emergency communication device
  • Day Pack
  • Outdoor gear, including hiking shoes and rain gear  
  • Lunch, water, snacks
  • Course packet
  • Pen or pencil to take notes
Course Materials

You must register for this course to see course materials.