Winter Navigation - Issaquah City Hall


Winter Navigation - Issaquah City Hall

We will focus on how to: 1. Travel as safely and efficiently as possible in potential avalanche terrain. 2. Maintain position and terrain awareness to travel as effectively as possible in areas where no trail is visible and visibility may be hampered.

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The course will be held in the Issaquah Town hall located at 135 E. Sunset Way Issaquah from 7:00 PM to about 9:30 PM



The Foothills Winter Navigation course is aimed to teach key points of winter travel to experienced navigators. It is a one night evening class  aimed to make you safer when traveling in snowy mountainous terrain.

This is not a beginner oriented class, and basic/wilderness navigation skills or equivalent are required to participate. Prior to the Winter Navigation course, we will  offer a refresher class for those needing to brush up on navigation skills. Please contact the leader as soon as possible to set up the refresher course.

 If you do not have the "Basic Navigation" badge, but you have documented/equivalent experience please contact the course leader.

Call leader (Jim Heber) with any questions.  (425) 830-0717

During this course you’ll learn to:

  • Use tools and techniques identify and minimize avalanche risk.
  • Use snow wands, GPS tracks, and other techniques to navigate in the winter.
  • Understand hazards and differences between summer and winter navigation.
  • Understand and identify avalanche runout zones.
  • Use digital and analog tools to determine slope angles and location.
  • Navigate in poor visibility. 



Issaquah City Hall

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  •  Compass with rotating needle housing and meridian lines in housing (compass with mirror is preferred)
  • Altimeters (any / all that you have)
  • Pen/Pencil/Notebook/Straight edge

All necessary maps will be provided 

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