Wilderness Navigator

Course description:

This course is designed for anyone looking to learn the skills that it takes to navigate by map and compass in the wilderness.  Using a systematic approach, we will introduce you to the lifetime skill of orienteering.  As your confidence grows, you will be continuously challenged to move longer distances with more precision, thus increasing your sense of independence in the wilderness.  Whether you an outdoor professional,  competitive adventure racer or just someone looking for the freedom of knowing where you are in the backcountry, this course will give your skills to never get lost again.

Pre Requisites:

There are no Prerequisites for this class, but you must be comfortable walking alone in the wilderness for several hours on your own.  This course requires students to walk up 15 miles over 2 days in varied and rugged terrain.

The gear

This course requires that students utilize their own equipment in order to complete the course.  That being said, we do have some loaner equipment that may be used in case that you are unable to procure or lose your own. 


Must haves

  • A baseplate compass, preferably with a luminous capsule for night navigation.  (We recommend this one).
    • You may also use sighting compasses like the Silva Ranger or military lensatic compasses but they are not necessary.  
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear for walking cross-country in the wilderness.
  • A flashlight.
  • A hydration source.
  • Lumicolor fine tip pens a pencil.
  • Notebook or pad for notes.
  • A whistle.

Nice-to-have, but not necessary

  • Sunglasses
  • Altimeter
  • GPS 
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • First aid kit

Additional notes on the course:

This is an entry-level course, but you can expect to spend ¾ of the class time in the wilderness on you own, but within earshot of the instructor cadre.  It is designed to build your confidence navigating from one location to another in the backcountry without the use of trails, roads, or electronic navigation devices.