Wilderness Navigation Workshop - Students and Instructors - Obsolete - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Lecture: Wilderness Navigation Course

Wilderness Navigation Workshop - Students and Instructors - Obsolete - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

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6:30pm-6:45pm at the Seattle Program Center.    Click the "More+" button below to read all the important Workshop info!

Click the "More+" button below to read all the important Workshop info!

To sign up:

Before you can sign up for this Workshop as a student, you first need to sign up and pay for the "Wilderness Navigation Course " (the link to that course is to the right).  Instructors do not need to pay.

You need a "Mountaineers approved compass" which you must purchase before attending the Workshop. Unfortunately you can't share a compass or map 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. Please note that the blue "Brunton O.S.S." compasses are not acceptable.

Reading Assignment & Quiz (before attending the Workshop):
Prior to attending the Workshop you need to read chapters 1-5 of the Burns & Burns book "Wilderness Navigation" and then answer the few questions on the pre-Workshop quiz you'll be emailed a week or so prior to the Workshop. Mountaineers members get an additional 20% discount when ordering books online from Mountaineers Books as well as purchasing it in person at the Mountaineers Bookstore located in the Seattle Program Center. 
If you still want more to read after reading "Wilderness Navigation", see chapter 5 on Navigation in "Freedom of the Hills."

Workshop Details:
Please arrive between 6:30pm and 6:45pm to check in and prepare your maps with UTM lines. At 7pm the evening's talk will begin and after that you'll begin working through a problem set with instructor support.  The Workshop normally ends around 9:15pm (9:30pm the latest).
* Read the Wilderness Navigation book before attending the workshop (see above for more info).
Complete the quiz before attending the workshop (see above for more info).
* Bring a "Mountaineers approved" compass (see above for more info).
* You need two maps ("USGS 7.5' Index" and "USGS 7.5' Baring") which can be purchased just before the Workshop no later than 7pm (they'll cost about ~$6.50 each after the 20% discount). If you need to buy maps at the Workshop then allow an extra 5+ minutes, so you might want to arrive a bit earlier. Please don't borrow maps from a past student since their maps will already have bearings plotted on them. Unfortunately you can't share maps with someone during the Workshop.
* You may benefit from bringing a headlamp and/or magnifying lens.  Depending on where you sit lighting may be less than ideal for detailed map reading.
* You are welcome to bring food to eat during the Workshop.
* Bring a sharp pencil (mechanical pencils work great).
* Bring paper for taking notes.

Rescheduling or cancelation:
Registration for this Workshop closes 4 days before the Workshop.  If you must cancel or reschedule then please do so as soon as you can as there may be people on the waitlist who will gladly take your place.  After registration closes you can make changes by contacting Member Services.


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Compass with adjustable declination, Burns & Burns Wilderness Navigation book, USGS Baring and USGS Index maps, and a sharp pencil.  Paper for taking notes is optional.

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