Navigation Activity #4 of 4 - Field Trip (CP)

Field trip: Wilderness Navigation Course

Navigation Activity #4 of 4 - Field Trip (CP) - Carkeek Park

Wilderness Navigation Field Trip - Carkeek Park

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

After turning north off NW 100th St, meet at thenorth end of Mary Ave NW where a trail leads into the forest.  This is not one of the formal entrances to Carkeek Park.

We will host an AM Session for 12 students at 7:30 (arrive no later than 7:15). The trip leader will assign students to three small groups of 4 students  and 1 instructor to conform to the most recent state Covid instructional outdoor group guidelines.  The groups will operate independently.

All three prerequisite components -- the Online Map and Compass course, the Online Introduction to Digital Navigation course, and the In-Person Workshop MUST be finished before the field trip. Instructors do not need to pay the fee for the course.  

Field Trip Details:
This is a half day in the field at Carkeek Park on the Sound in North Seattle. Morning Session accommodates 18 students, divided into three independent groups.   Each small group has two instructors. Parking is limited along Mary Ave.  Please respect local residents and do not block driveways. 

Student Checklist...

  • You'll need to be in reasonable physical condition since you'll be gaining  ~ 500 ft of elevation. All travel is on trail. 
  • Bring the Required Equipment. Come prepared as you would for a scramble or hike in varied weather, but please leave the technical gear (helmet, ice axe, etc.) at home. Bring appropriate footwear for muddy travel, a waterproof outer layer, warm clothes in layers, the  10 essentials, snacks. The Field Trip Student document (FT3.6 D1)  will be emailed to registered students with all trip details.
  • Review the student Field Trip packet.  
  • Bring your baseplate, adjustable declination compass (15 degrees east). Unfortunately, you can't share a compass with someone during the Field Trip.  
  • Bring a GPS and Altimeter - Smartphone with Gaia GPS and standalone altimeter or the altitude function within Gaia GPS. Loaded with tracks and area map. Phone checked and ready (batteries, charge, screen display, weather proofing...)
  • Bring two hard copies (paper) CalTopo maps (which will be attached as PDFs with the Student Packet). Put the maps into a gallon ziplock bag.
  • Emergency communication devices packed - at minimum  a whistle, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) if owned. 
  • Bring a sharp pencil.
  • Complete the pre-trip planning document from the eLearning Workshop and leave a copy at home.

Come prepared to instruct students who likely have a wide range of experience:

  • Bring your FT3.6 D3 Carkeek Instructor Scenario (SCN) Notes doc (to be emailed as a PDF).
  • Review the FT3.6 D1 Small Group Student Handout (to be e-mailed).
  • Bring your compass, GPS, Altimeter and maps (plus PLB, if you have one). A map PDF as well as a GPS route will be e-mailed.


Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See checklist above plus Mountaineers 10 Essentials.

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