Land navigation is an important aspect of Trail Craft. Trail craft is the skill of moving through nature. Whether hiking on a trail or navigating through unmarked territory, land navigation has several applications and encompasses skills such as reading a map and compass, reading the land and vegetation, taking and following bearings, macro and micro navigation and planning a route.
Could you plan a route from map information? When hiking unmarked territory, could you determine the best line of travel from vegetation you might see from a distance or the aspect of a hill? Could you plot you location on a map and determine the location’s coordinates in order that you might be able to find the location again or let a buddy know where the location is (without using a GPS)? These are the skills that the classic trail campers knew and used. The skills that made it possible to travel off the beaten path.
Desert DAWN’s Map and Compass Navigation Workshop has two primary goals: first to provide students with the skills to travel unmarked routes; and second, through these skills gain the confidence to explore more out of the way areas and discover more in nature. The workshop focusses heavily on map and compass skills. Students will learn:
- The information that is provided on the 7.5 minute United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps;
- the components of a compass;
- the skill of reading a map;
- how to use a compass with a map;
- how to take and follow bearings;
- how to plot coordinates;
- how to plan routes (macro navigation); and
- how to adjust routes based on information obtained while hiking (micro navigation).
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