Have you ever seen somewhere on a map, far away from any road or track, and thought, “That looks like a cool place to go, I wish I was better at map reading…” Keep Reading
Or you’ve found yourself accidentally off-route in the mist or in thick forest, uncertain about where to go next? Well, this course could be your answer to a more confident trip next time!
On this course, we go over what the lines and symbols on common maps represent and how that relates to what’s around you on the ground, making sure you get a good grasp on identifying landforms and figuring out where you are based on what you can see. This is the key to navigation, which usually doesn’t need a compass!
Even so, there are many situations where a compass is essential, so we’ll spend time getting to know how magnetic north works and how this affects your use of the compass (including some crafty methods that greatly simplify the process – no more remembering “do I add or subtract?”). We’ll also go over some tips and tricks around route planning to make navigating your proposed trip even simpler.
Many navigation courses try to cram everything into a single day. Well, that’s long enough to learn the basics, but most people end up confused because they haven’t had enough time to put it all into practice. On this overnight course, we’ll head out after dinner to practice navigating in the dark, then on the second day we’ll do a proper off-track journey with you all taking turns to navigate extended sections.
This course is designed for people who either have no navigation experience, or have learned the basics in the past but feel like they could use a good brush-up on skills.