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Date Tuesday  2/19/2019
Group Denver
Event Title TCS - Navigation Level 1 (Modular Students)
Start Time 6:00 PM
End Time 9:00 PM
Status Complete
Leader CMC Office
Co-Leader Mark Frymier
Group Price $75.00
NonGroup Price $75.00
Leader Price $75.00
Available Participants 4
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Lectures at the American Mountaineering Center

Filed Day TBD

For more info Contact


CMC Office




Lecture 1 Feb 19, 6:00-9:00PM

Lecture 2 Feb 20 6:00-9:00PM

Field Days - all day starting at 6:00AM

- Session A - February 23

-Session B - March 3 

(Groups will split over field days) 


This is a Basic Map and Compass course meant to be solid preparation for Navigation Level 2. Navigation Level 1 and 2 are required for completion of the Basic Alpine Climbing 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


Skills taught: 

  • Maps, physical and digital; how to source them

  • Map features and how to read them (in detail

  • 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

  • Smartphone Apps and GPS Devices (an overview)


  • 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.

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:
Please see the CMC cancellation and refund policy



Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.