Wilderness Navigation - Field trip

Field trip: Wilderness Navigation

Wilderness Navigation - Field trip - Irish Cabin Property

This is the full day field trip portion of the course where you'll put your skills into real practice in the wilderness.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Field trips 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Irish Cabin Property (46.991904, -121.926386)

Field trips 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Irish Cabin Property (46.991904, -121.926386)


Irish Cabin Property

  • USGS Golden Lakes

    Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Field trip equipment:


  • A Mountaineers approved compass.
  • Sturdy hiking boots. (No tennis shoes)
  • Rain gear and extra warm clothing, including hat and gloves (No cotton clothing*)
  • The Ten Essentials.
  • Lunch, extra food and at least 2 liters of water.
  • Zip lock bag for map and handouts (gallon size).
  • Sharp pencil.
  • (optional) Clipboard.


*A note on clothing and footwear

It's extremely important that you come prepared wearing proper clothing and footwear. Weather at this location is rarely ideal with it being either cold, raining or both. In compliance with the Mountaineers club wide navigation standards, this exercise involves steep terrain that is often slick and muddy.  Additionally, this exercise involves some water crossings and bushwhacking. Wearing cotton clothing items such as jeans will not adequately keep you warm, dry, nor able to move through terrain effectively. Tennis shoes similarly are not made for hiking off-trail in varied weather conditions. For our students and instructors safety we ask everyone that attends the field trip to show up as prepared as possible so they do not put themselves or others in danger in the event of an injury or accident. Students who do not come to the field trip with proper equipment may not be able to participate for safety reasons. 


Field trip end time

There isn't a definite end time of the field trip. Be prepared to stay in the field all day. It is best not to make personal plans the evening of the trip as we cannot guarantee when you will be home. Every student in the course will be navigating through off-trail terrain, and this means people will finish at different times. It is required that everyone stay together until the last student safely returns to ensure everyone is accounted for during our final head count.

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