Course Overview:

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 how to use traditional tools like a map and compass to plan trips and navigate in the backcountry. 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.

What you will learn:

  • How to read a map (basics to advanced)
  • Where to find good quality maps, both online and offline. 
  • How to read UTM (grid) and Latitude and Longitude positions and when to use them. 
  • How to communicate your position on a map to outside resources in the event of an emergency. 
  • How to find yourself on a map using triangulation
  • How to plan a route using a map and compass (at home)
  • How to use a map and compass to follow your route plan (in the field)
  • Additional tools you can use to support your navigation. (Phone, GPS, Altimeter)

Dates & Costs:

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