7-11-09 Land Navigation 101

Today I got the opportunity to teach an entirely new subject, land navigation. While I have taught map & compass skills casually as part of overnight winter camping trips I felt there was a need for a dedicated one day course with classroom and field learning. To that end I created my 1st ever “power-point” presentation and a few EMS employees from our Manhattan store and 3 other outdoor minded folks came up to North Conway for the course.

We started the day with a 2 hour slideshow/discussion that covered improvised navigation as well as map & compass skills
We started the day with a 2 hour slideshow/discussion that covered improvised navigation as well as map & compass skills
After breaking for lunch we ran through some route-finding/trip planning exercises together
After breaking for lunch we ran through some route-finding/trip planning exercises together
We drove up to the Black Cap Trailhead for our field portion
We drove up to the Black Cap Trailhead for our field portion
Along the way we confirmed that moss does grow on the north side of trees!
Along the way we confirmed that moss does grow on the north side of trees!
Using our new found skills we stayed found...
Using our new found skills we stayed found...
On the summit of Black Cap we ran through a few more scenarios...
On the summit of Black Cap we ran through a few more scenarios...

I want to thank each of you for taking our very 1st Land Navigation 101 course, but most importantly for the excellent feedback each of you provided regarding the course. I am already implanting suggested changes and you are all to thank for what will continue to be a fun and educational experience!

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