Boot Camp - Union Bay Natural Area


Boot Camp - Union Bay Natural Area

2.5 hour sessions, concentrated focus on measuring and plotting bearings, groups limited to five students.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 1.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 20 ft

We will meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle. EXACT start times will be sent prior to the Boot Camp. Please arrive a few minutes EARLY so that you are ready to start at your allotted time. Please allow 2.5 hours to complete the Boot Camp.

Are you a Seattle Wilderness (off-trail) Navigation Course student wanting to solidify your map  and compass skills after completing the Heybrook field trip? Want more quality hands-on practice time with lots of repetition? If so, then Boot Camp is for you! We will focus  solely on measuring and plotting bearings with your map and compass to locate and identify distant terrain features from known point positions, then we will work the process in reverse to deduce a point position using a line of position measured off of a recognizable terrain feature. Each of these techniques requires no more than 30 seconds to complete, if you are fluent
Because this is a sensitive wetland, groups are limited to only 5 students within each time bloc, sessions are 2.5 hours. In order to attend this Boot Camp you need to have first completed activities #1, #2, #3 and #4 of the Off-trail Navigation course.
Topics include:
Using a line of position combined with a handrail to deduce your point position.
Measuring and plotting a bearing to locate distant objectives in the field.      
4 ways to orient the map.
Know the mistakes: 5 ways to make a 180º error.

Center for Urban Horticulture

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

A map will be provided. Bring your compass. At instructor discretion, you may be issued a Suunto MC-2 for group continuity. Be prepared for rain. Wear good walking/hiking shoes. Be prepared to walk through (not around) an occasional puddle on the trail. We will mostly be on a flat gravel/dirt trail.

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