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. 

Open your eyes and mind to the exciting world of digital navigation. Modern technology has put GPS and mapping power in the palm of your hand. 

This course will teach you how to use modern tools to optimize your backcountry trips and expeditions. In addition, with so many options for apps available, this course will help you decide what programs you prefer.

This course is based in Nelson, BC, and is a 6-hour in-person classroom session followed by a 1 hour field session.


  • The advantages and limitations of using digital navigation tools in the field.
  • An overview of what different navigation tools offer backcountry users, including
    • Google Earth
    • Gaia
    • Fat Map
    • Cal topo
    • Avenza
    • Garmin
    • Smart Watches
  • What do the paid versions of the apps include?
  • The advantages, disadvantages and brief tour of each application.
  • Create routes, waypoints, and trip plans, and share them using Google Earth and Gaia.
  • Learn how to use a variety of base maps in Gaia to your advantage.
  • Learn how to use Gaia in the field to follow a route, find waypoints and measure distances on the fly.

Fitness & Skills - Arctic Fox

Dates & Costs:

  • Course Cost:

    Pubic Members: This course is $197 +tax per person for the public. 

    Private Course: $1250 +tax (max 8 people)

    KMC Private: $156.25 (+tax)/person (needs a min of 6 people)

    KMC can join public courses for 10% off using your KMC discount code (must be active members)

  • Location:

    In Person

    This course will take place in Nelson, BC

  • 23/24 Dates:

    spring dates coming soon

  • Booking & Cancelation Policy:

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