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

Wilderness Navigation Field Trip - Students and instructors

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  • Moderate

Meeting time and directions will be provided at the In-Person Workshop 

Before you can sign up for this Field Trip as a student, you must have signed up and paid for the "Wilderness Navigation Course - Foothills"  have scheduled the following prerequisite components:

  • eLearing Workshop
  • GPS On-line Module
  • In-Person Workshop

All three components must be finished before the field trip. Instructors do not pay a course fee.  

This is a full day event at the Raging River site near the intersection i-90 and State Hwy 18. Carpooling is strongly encouraged due to limited parking space, so 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 (roughly half the elevation for Tiger Mountain) and hiking 4.0 miles with 0.5 miles being 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 an abbreviated hard copy at the In-Person Workshop. 
  4. Bring your compass. Unfortunately you can't share a compass with someone during the Field Trip.  
  5. Smartphone with Gaia GPS installed with route/track, waypoints and and field trip map loaded. Ensure that your device is checked and ready e.g. fully charged battery, screen works, weather proofing etc.  
  6. Standalone altimeter (calibrated at the trailhead) or smartphone altitude function within Gaia GPS.
  7. Bring a couple of gallon size ziplock bags for protecting your maps and other documents. Maps will be provided at the field trip site
  8. Bring a sharp pencil.
  9. Bring a completed pre-trip planning document from the eLearning Workshop and leave a copy at home. 
  10. Current declination set on the compass and confirmed.
  11. An understanding of emergency communications procedures and devices are understood.
  12. Emergency communications device 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 on hand 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 and Altimeter. Maps for the Raging River State Forest area will be provided at the field trip site.


instructors will earn:


Raging River State Forest

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See the Required Equipment tab on the Course Page, along with checklists included within the eLearning Workshop and 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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