"Staying Found" Basic Navigation for Hikers and Backpackers


"Staying Found" Basic Navigation for Hikers and Backpackers - Tradition Plateau Interpretive Shelter

On Trail Navigation Class

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  • Easy

Tradition Lake Interpretive Shelter Starting at 9:00 AM. Please arrive early to get equipment ready and get help setting declination on your compass if necessary.

This hands-on field navigation training day, tailored to hikers and backpackers, 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.

Backpacking Building Blocks students are eligible for a 50% discount.  Contact the Staying Found clinic leader Dave Coate at coateds@outlook.com to get the discount code.

Foothills hike or backpack leaders:  contact the Hike-Backpack Committee chair at cascadehiker@earthlink.net to find out if you can take this class for free!


Tradition Plateau Interpretive Shelter

Required Equipment

Required Equipment


* Compass with adjustable declination (see http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/compass-declination.html, http://www.thecompassstore.com/comwitaddec.html)

* Green Trails Tiger Mountain map #204S

* Watch 


* Altimeter, or smartphone with altimeter app

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