Nav 101 - Map Reading

Land Navigation 101 is an introductory course focused on how use a map to navigate in the backcountry. This course is applicable to all recreational athletes that plan traveling through wilderness areas on foot, horseback, boats, or mountain bikes. By the end of this course the user will have a firm grasp on:

  • Proper map selection based on mission / endeavor
  • Basic understanding of direction and how to orient the map with your surroundings
  • Identify terrain features and changes in elevation using contour lines
  • Different types of public land and their use
  • How to locate a position on a map using coordinates
  • Giving coordinates based on current location to emergency personnel 
  • How to create a travel plan based on desired route

Course Length: 2 hours
Course Cost: $75
Required Equipment: None, maps and tools provided
Pre-requisites: None


Nav 201 - Compass use

Land Navigation 201 is a continuation of our Nav 101 course where users will focus on how to advance their navigation skills with the intention of traveling off trail. This course is appropriate for military personnel, hunters, and those wishing to "get off the beaten path" and experience the wilderness in it's truest form. By the end of this course the user will have a firm grasp on:

  • How to orient the map using their compass while adjusting for declination
  • Effects of declination on the compass
  • To determine a bearing between two points on the map
  • Using a bearing to travel off trail
  • Create travel plans that account for terrain and vegetation
  • How to negotiate obstacles
  • Use of handrails and backstops
  • To determine current location by triangulation and back bearings

Course Length: 2 hours
Course Cost: $75
Required Equipment: None, maps and tools provided
Pre-requisites: NAV 101 is strongly suggested, but not required