Staying Found On-Trail Navigation - Foothills - 2021

Day Hiking, Navigation & Backpacking Course

Staying Found On-Trail Navigation

This course is focused on learning and practicing key skills useful 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.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

This hands-on course, tailored to on-trail adventurers, provides focused information on key skills and tools, and hands-on practice on the trail, to become confident reading a topographic map against the features of the terrain around you, get important information from a compass and altimeter, and maintain a steady awareness of where you are as well as how to find yourself if you get temporarily misplaced.

The course includes an evening online instructional seminar and a field practice day held outdoors at Tiger Mountain State Forest, including a 45-minute map and compass field exercise, a trip planning exercise, and  a 3-5 mile hike to apply the skills you learned. 

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

* Compass with adjustable declination (see,

* Green Trails Tiger Mountain map #204S

* Watch 


* Altimeter, or smartphone with altimeter app

Course Materials

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