Instructor Training for Wilderness Navigation Field Trip

Lecture: Instructor Training

Instructor Training for Wilderness Navigation Field Trip - Carkeek Park

Wilderness Navigation training for Seattle Alpine Scramble leaders. COVID alternative Field Trip at and near Carkeek Park

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 273 ft
  • Pace: Casual

Meet at the north end of Mary Ave NW after turning north of 100th St NW where a trail leads into the forest. This trail is not in Carkeek Park -- it leads to the park.

We will host two, four-hour sessions, Session AM  for  Alpine Scramble instructors at 7:30 (arrive no later than 7:15) and  PM  at 12:30 (arrive no later than 12:15). 

Alpine Scramble Instructors --If you'd like to instruct at the Navigation Small Group Field Trips, then this hands-on  session Field Trip will help prepare you with teaching techniques, tools, and tricks of the trade, and information the newly created Carkeek Park Small Group format.

Field Trip Details:
This is a half-day Saturday in Carkeek Park on the Sound in North Seattle. 
 Parking is limited along Mary Ave NW.  Please respect local residents and do not block driveways. 

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  1. You'll need to be in reasonable physical condition since you'll be gaining about 500 ft of elevation with all travel on trail. 
  2. 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, etc. The Field Trip Student and Instuctor Packets will be emailed to registered Alpine Scramble Leaders with details.
  3. Review the Field Trip packet.  
  4. Bring your baseplate, adjustable declination compass. Unfortunately you can't share a compass with someone during the Field Trip.  
  5. Bring a GPS and Altimeter - Smartphone with Gaia GPS and standalone altimeter or the altitude function within Gaia GPS.
  6. Bring a CalTopo mapw hich will be attached as PDFs with the Student and Instructor Packets. Put the maps into a gallon ziplock bag. 
  7. Bring a sharp #2 pencil (you'll have a Rite in the Rain note card to make notes).
  8. Complete the pre-trip planning document (will be emailed to registrants) and leave a copy at home.

  9. You should be prepared for the field trip with the following:

    • Basic Trip Plan completed
    • Know where and when to be at the field trip, and what to bring.
    • Hard copy map (2 copies) of Caltopo paper map printed as backup or to provide to other hikers.
    • Current declination (15 degrees east) set on the compass and confirmed.
    • Altimeter use & limitations are understood. Ready to calibrate at trailhead.
    • Smartphone loaded with Gaia GPS, and also loaded with Route/Track, Waypoints, Map.
    • Emergency communications procedures and devices are understood.
    • GPS device checked and ready ( batteries, charge, screen display, weather proofing...)
    • Emergency communications on hand (minimum whistle)

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

      1.  Bring your "Instructor Field Trip" packet to be emailed as a PDF.
      2.  Review the "Student Field Trip" packet as well, particularly for driving directions. It  will be attached to the email.
      3. Bring your compass, GPS, Altimeter and maps. A map PDF will be attached as well as a GPS route.
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