Navigation Activity (4 of 4) - Field Trip: Students & Instructors

Field trip: Wilderness Navigation Course

Navigation Activity (4 of 4) - Field Trip: Students & Instructors - Raging River State Forest


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  • Moderate
  • High Point Elevation: 2,000 ft

Field Trip meeting time and place will be provided at the Wilderness Navigation Workshop.

Before you can sign up for this Field Trip as a student, you need to first sign up and pay for the Basic Navigation Course and schedule the Workshop.  The Workshop must be finished before attending the field trip. Instructors do not need to pay the fee for the course.  

Field Trip Details:
This is a full day event. Carpooling is strongly encouraged due to limited parking space. Please specify your carpool preferences in your personal profile.


  1. You'll need to be in reasonable physical condition since you'll be gaining about 1200 ft of elevation and hiking 5.0 miles some of which will be off trail. 
  2. Bring the Required Equipment. Come prepared as you would for a scramble or hike in varied weather, but please leave the technical gear (helmet, ice axe, etc) at home. Bring over-the-ankle high-top boots, a waterproof outer layer, warm clothes in layers, the 10 essentials, lunch, etc. The Field Trip Student Packet within the Course Materials tab, and also the Required Equipment tab provides more information. 
  3. Review the Field Trip packet.  This is in the Course Materials tab of the Course listing. We will hand out a hard copy at the Workshop. 
  4. Bring your compass. Unfortunately you can't share a compass with someone during the Field Trip.  
  5. Bring an Altimeter - A standalone altimeter or the altitude function within Gaia GPS will suffice.
  6. Bring the maps you used in the Workshop. Unfortunately you can't share maps with someone during the Field Trip. Fold your maps to the area where we'll be, and put each map into its own gallon ziplock bag. 
  7. Bring a sharp pencil.
  8. Complete the pre-trip planning document from the Workshop. Leave a copy at home.

As you leave the Workshop, you should be prepared for the field trip with the following:

  • Basic Trip Plan completed
  • Know where and when to be at the field trip, and what to bring.
  • Hard copy map of field trip area on hand.  USGS is best, with Caltopo or Gaia paper map printed as backup or to provide to other hikers.
  • Current declination set on the compass and confirmed.
  • Altimeter use & limitations are understood. Ready to calibrate at trailhead.
  • Emergency communications procedures and devices are understood.
  • Emergency communications on hand (minimum whistle)

Come prepared to instruct students who likely have a wide range of experience:

  1.  Bring your "Instructor Field Trip" packet.  If you haven't obtained one at a recent workshop, one can be emailed to you before the field trip.  We will also have paper copies at the field trip.  
  2.  Review the "Student Field Trip" packet as well, particularly for driving directions. It  is available in "Course Materials" on the course page.
  3. Bring your compass, GPS, Altimeter and maps. If you don't have the USGS maps, check with the course activity lead for information about printing your own map.


instructors will earn:


Raging River State Forest

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See the Required Equipment tab on the Course Page, along with checklists included in the Field Trip Student Packet.  The Field Trip Student Packet is also available in the Course Page, within the Course Materials tab..

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