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Date Tuesday  3/13/2018
Group Denver
Event Title Navigation Level 1 Session A
Start Time 6:00 PM
End Time 9:00 PM
Status Complete
Leader CMC Office
Group Price $75.00
NonGroup Price $75.00
Leader Price $50.00
Available Participants 3
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Lectures at the American Mountaineering Center

Filed Day TBD

For more info Contact


CMC Office




Lecture 1 March 13, 6:00-9:00PM

Lecture 2 March 15, 6:00-9:00PM

Field Day March 17, 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.



Attendance/Completion Policy

Students must attend all lectures and field days to receive credit for completing the course. Students will not be allowed to continue beyond a missed lecture/field day. Students must also demonstrate mastery of the both the prerequisites and the skills taught in the immediate class. If such mastery cannot be demonstrated, the student will be asked to repeat the course. If a student cannot demonstrate mastery of the prerequisites the student will not be allowed to continue in the class.


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.



Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.