Navigation Activity #2 of 4 - Online Introduction to Digital Navigation - Online Classroom

Lecture: Wilderness Navigation Course - Spring

Navigation Activity #2 of 4 - Online Introduction to Digital Navigation - Online Classroom

Digital Navigation: The second of four activities to complete the Off-Trail Wilderness Navigation Spring Course.

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Please note that we are transitioning to a new textbook. A draft of which will be provided to you in PDF form, at no cost. Please ignore any prompt you may encounter to purchase our previous textbook (Wilderness Navigation, Burns and Burns) during enrollment for this course.

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To sign up:

Before you can sign up for this Online Introduction to Digital Navigation activity, you first must sign up and pay for the "Wilderness Navigation Course" (the link to that course is to the right). Instructors do not need to pay.

This activity requires that you have a smartphone. You will be instructed to install the Gaia GPS App at no cost using your member benefits.

This is the second of four activities, and must be completed prior to activity #3, the In-Person Workshop. It is required to complete the course, and is not an optional component. There are no prerequisites.

You are allotted 2 weeks to finish this activity. If you cannot finish in that time, please reschedule to the fall course. This will open space for people on the waitlist and help our volunteers manage the course efficiently.

This activity explores the GPS system and its related tools. It includes practical exercises with Gaia GPS, and prepares you for the In-Person Workshop and Field Trip. It is not optional and is not a substitute for other components. Please consider your ability to work independently and set aside the time you'll need to complete this course (it takes approximately 4 to 5 hours). 

On the start date, you'll receive an email with a link to the material. A volunteer instructor will be assigned to help you, to answer questions, etc. You must complete the quizzes to be deemed complete.


Required Equipment

Required Equipment

We have standardized on the use of a smartphone with Gaia GPS. If you use any other device or app, it is up to you to understand its operation related to on-screen mapping, along with making and using tracks, routes, and waypoints. 

Rescheduling or cancellation:

If you cannot finish this activity in the two-week time allotted, please reschedule to the fall course. It is best to do so several days before this activity begins, while registration is still open.

We treat this activity the same as any kind of in-person activity. If you don't begin, you'll be marked as a no-show. If you don't finish, you'll be marked as unsuccessful. Please plan your activities so you can dedicate your Online time within your allotted two-week period.

If you begin the Online activities and then change your registration to another date, you will keep your login to the system, and your position in the Online activities, and just have a new completion date for our volunteer instructors to track against. Just remember to complete the online activities prior to your scheduled In-Person Workshop.

You can make changes on your own, prior to the registration close dates, or you can contact the course leader or member services to cancel or change.


Your main role will be to answer questions and grade the quizzes. The activity leader also tracks student's progress, and manages their completion.

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