Navigation and Orienteering
Know where you are at all times, learn the skill of navigation and orienteering! Navigating using a map and compass is one of those skills that make you feel like a true outdoors person. A handheld GPS is a great tool, however having a grasp on navigation fundamentals is critical when venturing into the wilds. The only essential tools you need (and are provided in the class) is a magnetic compass, a topographic map and knowledge how to use these tools. Being a well-rounded navigator is more than that though. There are natural clues, such as ridges, valleys, streams and rivers that help us understand our surroundings. It is important to develop this “common sense” knowledge in the outdoors to feel the readiness necessary to head into the backcountry. Understanding how to properly read a topographical map enhances your foundation and confidence as a backcountry traveler. In this course we take the time to practice hands on and theoretical navigation and map and compass skills. The interactive learning environment turns this topic into a fun and exciting day of practicing navigation skills and turning them into knowledge you will use every time you are on the trail. Skills such as orienting a map without a compass, taking a bearing and learning the difference between magnetic and true North are etched into our minds through games and lots of practice. After this class you can expect to feel confident about navigating and walk away with knowledge about: ·Navigating in the backcountry using natural clues ·Navigating using a map and compass ·Route finding ·Triangulating using a map and compass ·Reading a topographical map ·The difference between magnetic and true north use in working with a map and compass What to expect: Moderate hiking 4 hours of moving Interactive learning through games and practice To become a skilled map reader The possiblity of wildlife sightings Spectacular views The meeting of like minded outdoors people We provide: Map Compass You bring: Solid walking shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces A small daypack for your things Plenty of water for 6 hours of activity (we recommend 1-2 liters) A snack as you see fit Proper clothing for the predicted weather Sun Protection Learn the essential outdoor skill of navigating over land using a map and compass. Small group setting allows for a great interactive learning experience through practice and games.
Treks and Tracks offers various courses and experiences in outdoor activities. Be it rock climbing, backpacking or a navigation course, we strive to offer the highest quality experience to our clientele. We hold our guides to the highest safety and guiding standards in the industry. All guides are trained in wilderness emergency procedures and professional guiding techniques. With over 30 years of combined outdoor adventure experience, each expedition and class has been carefully crafted to ensure an inspiring experience. Operating since 2010, the mission of Treks and Tracks is to provide professional, fun and rewarding outdoor adventure experiences for clients of all ages and abilities, while managing the risks inherent in these activities. In addition, we strive to instill a sense of awe for and stewardship towards the natural world. Here are some numbers we feel proud of – Since 2013 Treks and Tracks has: Instructed over 600 kids in our programs Instructed over 4,000 adults in our programs Operated on 2 continents and 5 countries Customized events and retreats for companies such as the North Face, Google and the Boy scouts of America Planned expeditions in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, Central America and Chile A perfect track record in safety We currently operate in six State and National Parks throughout the state of California. Our activities include rock climbing instruction of all levels, rappelling, overnight backpacking, map and compass navigation and tailored corporate team building events.
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