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!

About David Lottmann

David grew up skiing in the Whites and started climbing at a summer camp just north of Mt. Washington when he was 16. Those first couple of years solidified climbing as a lifetime passion. From 1996-2000 he served in the USMC, and spent the better part of those years traveling the globe (18 countries). After returning to civilian life he moved to North Conway to focus on climbing and was hired in 2004 as a Rock and Ice Instructor. Since then Dave has taken numerous AMGA courses, most recently attaining a Single Pitch Instructor. He has completed a Level 3 AIARE avalanche course, is a Level 2 Course Leader, holds a valid Wilderness First Responder and is a member of Mountain Rescue Service. When David isn't out guiding he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, backcountry skiing, trying to cook something new once a week and sampling new micro-brews. He lives in Conway, NH with his wife Michelle, son Alex, and daughter Madalena.
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