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Date Monday  10/21/2019
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title PPG GPS Basics Class
Start Time 12:00 AM
End Time 12:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Glenn Barr
Group Price Free
NonGroup Price Free
Leader Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Monday, October 21st – Class Presentation, 5:30-8:30pm, 21c Library, Ent Conference Center (top floor), 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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Saturday, October 26th – Field Day, 7:30-11:30am, John Venezia Park, 3555 Briargate Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (just west of Briargate Parkway and Union Blvd intersection) 
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Instructor: Glenn Barr,


PPG GPS Basics

- Learn to use your handheld GPS receiver more effectively to increase the safety and enjoyment of your outdoor adventures

GPS Basics offers students who already own handheld GPS receivers the opportunity to learn more about how GPS works, how to plan an adventure online, how to move that information to a GPS receiver, and how to use the GPS to help with route finding, trip progress, reporting locations in an emergency, and capturing key data for a trip report to share with others. 

Key terms we will explore: Global Positing System, satellites, waypoints, routes, tracks, importing, exporting, .gpx files, WAAS, Caltopo, BaseCamp, trip computer, GLONASS, Geocaching, coordinates, UTM, position, velocity, circle of error, satellite geometry, and others....

This class is intended for those who already have a GPS and want to learn to use it more effectively. Class has one lecture/presentation, homework (field day GPS prep), and one field day – in Colorado Springs


1. CMC Land Navigation graduate: participants must have completed a CMC Land Navigation class and be comfortable using a compass and topographic map to make route and navigation decisions

2. Handheld GPS: participants must already have a handheld GPS receiver that allows for datum selection, input of waypoint data, upload/download of .gpx files from a computer, and can hold map data (a visual map display). 

*** There will be NO GPS receivers provided – and this is a HANDS ON course with YOUR GPS receiver unit***


*** Register with leader via email to verify you meet the prerequisites ***

Email Glenn at with the following information to register for class and receive the pass code:

Email Subject: PPG GPS Basics Registration

1. Name / CMC member #
2. CMC Land Navigation Class completion date/group  (i.e. 15 Mar 2009 / Pikes Peak Group)
3. The make/model of your GPS you plan to use for class (i.e. Garmin eTrex 30, Magellan Triton 1500, etc.)

*** If the class is full - you can join the waitlist to fill in for last minute cancellations by providing the information above.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.