"Staying Found" Basic Navigation for Hikers and Backpackers


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

THIS DATE WAS RESCHEDULED FROM MAY 2 and May 16. Hands-on field day (including lecture and 4-6 mile easy to moderate practice hike on Tiger Mountain) 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.

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 activity.
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,500 ft
  • Pace: 1-1.5 mph

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.  Google map location of the parking lot is https://goo.gl/maps/J8PsfJcgqiw  (also known as High Point Trailhead).

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 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.  NOTE FOR MOUNTAINEERS STAFF:  For permit purposes the hikes that are included in this course cover several trails leaving from the Tradition Lake trailhead including the TMT, West Tiger 3, Nook trail and trails around the Powerlines and Tradition Lake.

Backpacking Building Blocks students are eligible for a 50% discount.  You should receive the code from the B3 administrator soon after you register, but if you don't receive it and want to register for Staying Found, email the B3 admin at cascadehiker@earthlink.net.  You will not be able to get the discount if you don't enter the code during registration.

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



  • Altimeter, or smartphone with altimeter app
  • Gaia GPS subscription with app installed on your phone
Trip Reports