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)

This activity is conducted online.  Login and link will be provided when signed up.

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.


Each student must have a "Mountaineers approved" compass before starting the online session.  You will not be able to share a map or compass during the  field session, and an acceptable compass is required in order to do the online exercises and the field exercises.  An "acceptable" compass has the following required features:  adjustable declination, sighting mirror, transparent base plate with direction of travel arrow, meridian lines, a full-length declination arrow or parallel lines, a bezel that is at least 2 inches in diameter and that is marked clockwise from 0 to 360 degrees in increments of 2 degrees or less.  Recommended but not required features include a liquid filled housing to reduce erratic needle movement, a sighting mirror, and an inclinometer to measure slope angle.  Some acceptable compasses include Brunton 15TDCL; Brunton Nexus Elite Compass; K&R Sherpa BW2 Sighting Mirror Compass; K&R Alpin Sighting Compass; Silva Ranger 515 CL Sighting Compass; Suunto MC-2D IN Mirror Sighting Compass; Suunto MC-2G Sighting Mirror Compass. 

It is best to shop for your compass well in advance of the classroom session, because acceptable compass models may be sold out or hard to find.  We recommend that you bring the list of required compass features and acceptable compasses with you when you shop to be sure you get the right compass.

The foregoing compass features will allow you to maximize your map and compass accuracy as you learn the techniques taught in this course and covered in the required textbook. 


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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