Wilderness Navigation Course Tacoma May 2016

Navigation Course

Wilderness Navigation

Wilderness Navigation Course Tacoma May 2016

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Navigating through the wilderness, without getting lost, is a skill that can save your life...

Have you have ever wanted to learn how to use a map and compass? Well, you have come to the right place. No prior map and compass experience necessary - we'll teach you what you need to know! This is a stand-alone course where you can learn the basics of navigation in a safe and fun atmosphere. The course consists of just two evening lectures-2 hours each, and one full day at the Mountaineers property located just outside the beautiful Mount Rainier National Park and Carbon River Ranger Station. (Students aged under 18 must have parental permission)

During this course you'll learn to:

  • Use a map and compass to determine your location and desired direction of travel;
  • Read a topographic map;
  • Take and follow a bearing in the field;
  • Measure and plot a bearing on a map;
  • Do map orientation and feature identification related to your surroundings;
  • Navigate while travelling cross-country through challenging terrain.

Required compass:

You will need a Mountaineers approved compass. Please read this prior to purchasing a compass: Compass Requirements

Students need a compass with a screw type adjustable declination. Tool-less / key-less models will bring you nothing but grief.

Every student must have their own compass; sharing won't work in our class structure.

Workshop materials:

Field trip equipment:

  • A Mountaineers approved compass.
  • Sturdy hiking boots.
  • Serious rain gear and extra warm clothing, including hat and gloves.
  • The Ten Essentials.
  • Lunch, extra food and at least 2 liters of water.
  • Zip lock bags for maps and handouts (gallon size or bigger).
  • Sharp pencil.
  • (optional) Paper to take notes with.
  • No cotton clothing. Wear jeans & tennis shoes, and you can expect to be sent home or spend the day in the parking area.
  • There isn't a definite end time. Everyone stays until the last student safely returns to the parking area for final head count. No exceptions.

Students who complete this course will receive a Navigation card valid for 3 years.

Link: FAQ

Website: NOAA Declination Calculator

Website: The USGS Store

Website: NOAA Weather Service

Link: Mt Rainier Weather Forecast

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Wilderness Navigation - Lecture 1
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Mar 14, 2019
Registration closed Mar 12
0 participants
1 instructor
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Apr 16, 2019
Registration closed Apr 14
5 participants
0 instructors
Wilderness Navigation - Field trip
Irish Cabin Property
Sat, Mar 23, 2019
Registration closed Mar 21
1 participant
8 instructors
Irish Cabin Property
Sat, Apr 27, 2019
Registration closed Apr 25
4 participants
3 instructors
Required Equipment

Course Materials

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