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Global Positioning Systems are incredible pieces of technology that can greatly enhance your spectrum of options in wilderness navigation. On this one-day course, we'll demystify these devices by teaching you how the map, compass and the GPS unit are related, what UTM, latitude and longitude location are and how to work with each on the GPS, how to mark a waypoint and enter routes, how to travel to waypoints and on routes, how to use the correct map datum settings, and much more.

Please note that we consider it unsafe and unwise to attempt to use a GPS for wilderness navigation if you do not first have a good understanding of "old school" map and compass navigation. Therefore we ask that you have the Wilderness Navigation One or similar training or experience before taking our GPS course.

To achieve course objectives participants must be prepared to travel through bush and over rough terrain.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards, some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

Included in the price:

  • 1 day of instruction

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Personal equipment
  • GPS unit

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As low as:

$195.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio)
Our instructor was very knowledgable, helpful, and prepared. Money well spent. Vic Marchiel, Courtenay, BC