Wilderness Navigation *Elearning*

Lecture: Wilderness Navigation

Wilderness Navigation *Elearning* - Online Classroom

Wilderness Navigation Workshop - Online - Students and Instructors

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)


Before you can sign up for this Workshop as a student, you need to first sign up and pay for the Wilderness Navigation Elearning Course. Instructors do not need to pay.

You'll need a "Mountaineers approved" compass which you need to purchase before attending the Workshop. Unfortunately you can't share a map or compass with a friend of family member during the course. Some local stores might run out of the model you want so it's recommended you buy a compass well in advance. Only specific compasses will be accepted, so before purchasing a compass make sure to read our compass requirements.  

Reading Assignment (during the Workshop):
During the Workshop you need to read the Burns & Burns book "Wilderness Navigation". Mountaineers members get an additional 20% discount when ordering it online from Mountaineers Books as well as purchasing it in person at the Mountaineers Bookstore located in the Seattle Mountaineers Program Center. Please support the Mountaineers by purchasing it directly from the Mountaineers.

If you still want more to read after reading "Wilderness Navigation", see chapter 5 on Navigation in "Freedom of the Hills."

Workshop Details:
The workshop is on the Mountaineers Learning Management System known as "Litmos".  
1) Read the book before attending the workshop. See the section above for more info.
2) Bring a "Mountaineers approved" compass. See the section above for more info. Unfortunately you can't share a compass with someone during the Workshop.
3) You need two maps: "USGS 7.5' Wildcat Lake" and "USGS 7.5' Baring". which can be purchased at the Mountaineers Bookstore (they'll cost about $6.50 each after the 20% discount).

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Compass with adjustable declination, pencil, paper, USGS Baring map for the online work; USGS Wildcat Lake for the field trip.

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