Did you know that each year Search& Rescue groups in BC respond to more than 1,900 incidents involving over 2,100 lost or injured persons? (BCSARA Stats).
Exploring the backcountry has become increasingly popular over the years as information and access become easily available. Being outside in nature is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the solitude and peace of the backcountry.
Modern GPS technology is highly valuable, but what will you do if technology fails? GPS satellites go down, mapping software has glitches, phones, and electronic devices break down, and batteries freeze and die. This is where traditional navigation skills become an essential part of your backcountry/outdoor toolbox.
This course is based in Nelson, BC, and is a half-day in-person classroom session followed by a half-day field session. You will learn to use traditional tools like maps and compasses to plan trips and navigate the backcountry. First, we meet together indoors to introduce you to concepts, teach you map and compass lessons, and how to use maps to plan a trip. Then we move outdoors to put your new knowledge to work.