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


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

Hands-on field day (including lecture and 4-6 mile practice hike) focused on learning and practicing key skills useful to maintain an ongoing awareness of where you are and find yourself if you get lost, on even the most complicated trail system.

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 5.0

Tradition Lake Interpretive Shelter, Tiger Mountain State Park starting at 9:AM.  Please arrive by 8:45 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.

This clinic, which is held outdoors at Tiger Mountain State Forest, begins at 9:00 a.m. with an hour of instruction, followed by a 45-minute map and compass field exercise, a trip planning exercise, and concludes with a 3-5 mile hike guided by instructors applying the skills you learned. Bring your lunch and be prepared to hike, rain or shine.  The clinic concludes at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Backpacking Building Blocks students are eligible for a 50% discount.  Contact the Staying Found administrative lead at mritala@comcast.net 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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