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Map & Compass Navigation (aka Orienteering):  The Art of Staying Found

“I’m pretty sure you can’t get there from here.” –overheard–

Gain confidence in finding your way and knowing where you are whether you’re on-trail or traveling cross-country.  This comprehensive 2-day course covers the essential skills of back-country navigation using the most reliable equipment:  Map & Compass

YOU are the ‘WHO‘ … we’ll provide the ‘WHAT‘, ‘WHERE‘, ‘WHEN‘, ‘WHY‘ and ‘HOW‘ of Map & Compass Navigation.  In the age of Global Positioning Satellites (and the electronic devices used to access the network … commonly referred to as GPS units), why is learning Map & Compass navigation still relevant?  Think of a GPS as a luxury, and a Map & Compass as a necessity.  Will a GPS work if the batteries die?  Will a GPS work in a canyon?  Will a GPS work when it’s overcast or if under a canopy of trees?  Will a GPS be useful without maps?  The answer to those questions is “probably not!”  While a GPS is a fantastic tool, it is not as reliable as ye olde map and compass.

Staying found (or not getting lost) is not an instinct or an innate skill … but it CAN be learned. 

In this vital class, you’ll be trained in and have time to practice the following:

  • Parts of a Compass & how they work together
  • Magnetic North and how to use Declination to adjust for True North
  • Topographic Map Legend, Symbols & Contour Lines
  • Terrain Recognition for interpreting features
  • Micro-Navigation to keeping track of exact location
  • Dead Reckoning for obscure navigation challenges
  • Naismith’s Rule & Backpacker’s Rule for trip preparation and estimating distance travelled
  • Orienting a Map in the field
  • Taking Bearings/Plotting Bearings
  • Finding Location through Triangulation
  • Latitude/Longitude vs UTM Coordinates
  • Tips & Tricks for Navigating without Map & Compass! 

Day 1:  …will be held in our classroom in Chatsworth, CA 8:00-5:00pm

Day 2:  …will be held in-the-field near Agua Dulce, CA (about 20 miles up Hwy 14, so consider setting up carpools during the class on Day 1)  9:00-2:00pm

The cost of this 2-day course is $195 and includes all instruction, handouts and USGS topographic maps (quadrangles) for the practice area.  Compasses will be available at the store at a 15% discount ($45.89).  The compasses we recommend and the ones which will be for sale are the Silva Ranger CL.  If you decide to bring your own compass or another brand/style, please be sure it has a sighting mirror, orienting arrow, orienting lines, clear base plate, declination scale and a rotating dial/bezel.

Hosted by Klaus Gerhart  |  Instructor: Brian Swanson  Canyon Leader for Canyoneering California, Basic Mountaineering and Navigation Instructor for Sierra Club’s Wilderness Travel Course.

Details

Start:
May 6
End:
May 7
Cost:
$195
Event Category:
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Website:
http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering/

Venue

Uber Adventures
21901 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311
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Phone:
747-224-0970
Website:
http://www.uberadventures.net

Organizer

Klaus Gerhart

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WHY CHOOSE UBER?

 

UBER Adventures: America's premier Canyoneering Instruction, Events and Community. While we are not the first, we are arguably the best ... and certainly the busiest. We're pretty sure we offer more courses to more students in a year than all other technical canyoneering training providers in America ... combined.

So, browse the site and find the perfect class for your skill level, at the right location, and at the right time of year for YOUR schedule!

Contact Info

 

Offices, Classroom & Retail Store!

21901 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311

323-493-0104

Store Hours

 

STORE HOURS ARE VARIABLE

As we are primarily an Adventure Sports Training Center & Outdoors School, we spend much of our time in the field. If you are in need of technical gear or advice, or have questions about our programs, please call to make sure someone's minding the store. These are the hours we try to keep: Monday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm (though we are regularly available at other times!)

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