Introduction to Wilderness Navigation
Purpose: Many outdoor activities are dependent upon the ability to travel in roadless areas with only the aid of map and compass. It is extremely important that search & rescue personnel are expert in this area. This class introduces the student to use of the map and compass in the backcountry, and provides the basic tools for backcountry travel selecting routes & describing locations in a non-urban setting.
Format: Class room lectures & labs, with field exercise. (8-10 hours)
Skills emphasized: Map reading & interpretation; use of map scales; declination corrections; symbol interpretation; map care; finding and following bearings with a compass; using a compass with a map; fundamentals of terrain interpretation & route selection; describing your location to others; improvised direction-finding.
Rancho Los Mochos is in the hills above Livermore and gets cold. One recent winter morning it was 28 degrees F. Be prepared!