On-Trail Navigation Field Trip

Field trip: On-Trail Navigation

On-Trail Navigation Field Trip - Carkeek Park

A half-day field trip to a nearby location for hands-on practice.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 674 ft
  • Pace: 1.0 mph

Meet shortly before 7a.m., geared up and ready to walk at the Whitman Middle School parking lot on the east side of the school (not in front of the school by the main entrance).

Students take an urban walk on city streets to a city park. Participants should complete Module 1 (videos, reading, auto-scored quiz) and Module 2 (evening seminar creating Hike and Urban Walk digital maps plus map/compass work).

The field trip has two, linked sections:

>>Student/instructors navigate urban streets to and from the Carkeek trailhead starting at Whitman MS -- about 2 miles RT.

>>Student/instructors navigate a loop route into and through Carkeek Park working a dozen on-trail navigation scenarios to become fluent with tool use (map, altimeter, compass, gps and watch plus emergency communication devices.)


students will earn:

instructors will earn:

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Day Pack with urban oriented 10 Essentials

Paper map (full color) of area (GPX link provided in Student Reminder Letter but copy provided at Field Trip)

GaiaGPS SmartPhone app loaded with tracks, waypoints (GPX links provided in Student Reminder Letter)

Declination adjustable, baseplate compass with lanyard and declination set to 15 degrees east

Emergency whistle

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