Wilderness Navigation One is single-day, introductory course where participants will learn how to plan safe and efficient wilderness routes using topographic maps and a compass, along with the ability to recognise other useful sources of information. The curriculum includes interpreting all of the features on topographic maps, understanding scale, grid reference, latitude and longitude, relating features on a map to features on the ground, understanding compasses, taking bearings in the field and on the map, re-sectioning, travelling on bearings through terrain, and much more.
Please note that to achieve course objectives, participants must be prepared to travel approximately 3-4km, including sections through bush and over rough terrain. If there is snow on the ground, it could also include use of snowshoes which participants must provide for themselves.
To further your training, we recommend following up with our one-day GPS Navigation course.
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
- Maps and compasses available on request
Not included in the price:
- Transport to and from the meeting point
- Personal equipment (including snowshoes if there is snow on the ground at the time of your course)
- Wilderness Navigation (pdf)
$165.00 / person(at 6:1 ratio)
Thank you for leading such a great course today. We really enjoyed ourselves and got a lot out of it. We'd both be very interested in an advanced version to build on these new skills.Silas and Irini Sandham, Nanaimo, BC.
Mattias was an excellent teacher. He was adaptable and able to keep the course interesting and fun throughout the day. His passion for navigation really shone through and both Robbie and I left feeling inspired to learn more. As well as being clear and organized, he was also very engaging and fun to talk to. All in all, it was an excellent experience- and we would be excited to take more classes in the future, and would strongly recommend them to our friends.Katelyn Kennedy and Robbie Young, Powell River, BC
The course was great, exactly what I was looking for! Our instructor did a great job explaining maps, compass use, and how to apply them in the field. She was very patient with us when reminding us how to find our position. Our group had quite a few questions, which she had no problem answering! I would definitely recommend this course to others.Ian Scott, Victoria, BC