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The only way we can improve our map and compass navigation skills, where reading map to ground comes naturally and the different methods of using a compass are front of mind, is through practice – actually getting out there and doing it.

We have partnered again with the awesome Caro Ryan of Lotsafreshair to offer you a follow on form her awesome navigation course with a off-track step up with a difference…

Leading on from the 2 day Introduction to Navigation course, we’ll start the weekend by spending a couple of hours refreshing our memory on the theory we covered in that course, before throwing on our daypacks and heading out into the incredible Blue Mountains National Park (different location from Introduction to Navigation course).

In the afternoon, we’ll return to where we started, where we will plan and develop an off-track (primarily) route plan for day 2, before enjoying a self-supported car-camp together (with Caro).

Day 2 will be dedicated to carrying out to our route plan, discovering this part of the national park, through route finding, discussing navigational decisions in a dynamic environment, along with opportunities to practice triangulation and other methods of compass use… all whilst holding fast to our foundations of reading the ground, making wise decisions and walking with the land.

What’s included?

  • Lunch on both days
  • Printed topographic map sections
  • 15% discount off purchase of Caro’s book How to Navigate
  • Group first aid kit (your instructor is qualified in Remote Area First Aid)
  • Qualified instructor(s). 1-2 depending on number of participants.

What do I need to provide?

  • Accommodation: we will be car-camping together, so you’ll need to bring your standard overnight camping kit and be self-sufficient (eg. tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, cooking stove, food for dinner, breakfast and snacks). Check out this downloadable packing list for tips.
  • Transport to and from the field location. This is along a windy, dirt road, but is suitable for 2WD vehicles. Let us know when booking if you would like us to provide you transport.
  • Camp chair
  • Water for cooking and overnight
  • Meals outside of training hours (ie. dinner, breakfast)
  • Snacks
  • Water for 2 days hiking (1.5L minimum – more in hot weather)
  • Day backpack adequate to carry your lunch, water, snacks, own medications
  • Hiking/bushwalking clothes and worn-in footwear appropriate for the bush, eg. boots or trail-runners/walking shoes
  • Hat and sunscreen

Key facts:

  • 2 days
  • Small group (max 8 participants)
  • Minimum 3 participants
  • Meet at 8.30am, Blackheath

Dates

Dates don’t work for you? Prefer a course tailored to your specific needs?? Register at Lotsafreshair to get updates as more courses are released or drop us an email for information on private instruction options.

Pre-requisite

Intro to Navigation course or other navigation course of equivalent level. Please contact us to discuss.