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Date Tuesday  4/14/2020
Group Boulder
Event Title Online e-class Wilderness Navigation
Start Time 6:00 PM
End Time 9:30 PM
Status Approved
Leader Nelson Tamplin
Co-Leader Jill Yarger
Group Price Free
NonGroup Price Free
Leader Price Free
Available Participants Standby
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Online training instructions will be sent to participants in an email.

For more info Contact

Nelson Tamplin,


Enhance your abilities for backcountry navigation through participating in this course. This is a pilot run for a web-based course.   In addition to two online sessions on April 14 and April 21, the course will have homework, and it will have instructions for independent practice in the field. An optional session will be on April 28th to go over the answers to the practice exercises and Q&A session.  You will need access to a computer and wifi for this class.

    It is easy to encounter situations that make navigation difficult. Hillsides and trails often look misleadingly alike. Route descriptions can never cover all the details. Trails can be faded or covered with snow. Visibility can be low from fog,  thick forest, or being in a canyon.  Areas without trails often need extra skills. Also, changes in plans might mean you need to devise and follow a new route.

      The course has a range of methods you can use for these situations. Included are ways to determine your location, find the direction you want to go,  keep track of progress, and stay on route. Topics are:  how to read topographical maps, use of contour lines, elevations, map symbols, determining valleys, ridges, and other features. Matching the features that you see to those on the map. Use of compass, identifying directions, how to use a compass to follow bearings, magnetic declination,  coordinate systems, latitude, longitude, UTM, different types of maps, map scales,  measuring distance on a map, measuring distance traveled, and handling low visibility.

    All who seek good navigation skills for wilderness, including users of electronic devices for navigation, will be able to travel more assuredly and effectively with knowledge from this course.

     Information about how to use the online software, connect via the internet (internet access required), and sign-in will be provided to participants via email.

     Given that this course does not have side-by-side practice with instructors on a field trip, the course is not the same as the regular Wilderness Navigation course. Please look for a complete course field trip in the future.

    []  Evening meetings (6:00 pm to roughly 9:30 pm) (Each student to attend both meetings.)

-   Tuesday, April 14

-   Tuesday, April 21

      Prerequisites: None, but in order to be prepared for backcountry, you also should take a course that provides other fundamentals, including appropriate clothing, weather, hazards, method of "10 essentials", survival priorities, and ability to handle an unplanned overnight stay.

      Policies: Please do not sign up unless you can attend both meetings. 




Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.