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Date Tuesday  3/14/2017
Group Denver
Event Title Navigation Level 1 Session A
Start Time 6:00 PM
End Time 9:00 PM
Status Approved
Leader Bill Haneghan
Group Price $75.00
NonGroup Price $85.00
Leader Price $65.00
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Lectures at the American Mountaineering Center

Filed Day TBD

For more info Contact

Bill Haneghan


Lecture 1 March 14, 6:00-9:00PM
Lecture 2 March 16, 6:00-9:00PM
Field Day March 18, all day starting at 6:00AM





This is a Basic Map and Compass course meant to be solid preparation for Navigation Level 2. Navigation Level 2 is required for completion of the Basic Mountaineering certificate.


Nav Level 1 is not a required prerequisite for Nav Level 2. If you have absolutely mastered the Map & Compass you learned in Backpacking School or Wilderness Trekking School, you will probably be ok going straight to Nav Level 2. If however, you are a little fuzzy or rusty on your Map & Compass skills, you will have trouble in Nav Level 2.





We will cover a few more items in Nav Level 1 than you will cover in BKPS or WTS.






We cover:
Maps, physical and digital; how to source them
Map features and how to read them (in detail)
Smartphone Apps and GPS Devices (an overview)
Compasses, different types and how to use them; declination adjustment
Terrain recognition
GPS coordinates (latitude/longitude); UTM coordinates
Orientation: Area position, line position, point position
Taking a bearing in the field
Following a bearing in the field
Plotting a bearing on a map
Following a bearing on a map






Take a look at the Navigation Level 2 class. If you feel you are not adequately prepared, best is to take Nav Level 1.






A compass is required for this class. We strongly, strongly urge you to buy a compass with declination adjustment if you have not yet bought one. A compass with sighting mirror is recommended if you wish to shoot more precise bearings, but it is certainly not required.






Note that most stores do not stock large quantities of quality compasses. So do not wait until a couple days before class to buy your compass. You might have to shop around or go online.






Bring your compass with you to the first lecture.






Be prepared to do some homework in advance of the first lecture.






For the field day, be prepared for winter conditions.



Note that classes sometimes show "Sessions"; Basic Climbing Session A, for example. Sessions are simply alternate dates of the same class. In other words, you may choose Session A or Session B, depending on which dates work best for you. You do not have to complete both Session A and Session B.



Cancellation Policy:

Classes must have minimum four students signed up and requisite number of instructors. If either number is too low class may be cancelled,





Refund Policy:

Student/Participant requests for refunds of tuition/fees must be requested in writing (e-mail) to the appropriate school or event director. Requests made prior to 30 days before the beginning of the school/event will be processed less a $10 handling fee. Requests made within 30 days of the school/event will be refunded at 50% of the amount paid. No refunds will be made after the beginning of the school/event. However, a refund less $10 can be obtained if a person is found to take the original student’s place in a school.




This program is currently full. If you would like to be placed on the wait list please complete the form below. If a spot opens up you will be contacted.

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