Earlier this month, I successfully completed the Wilderness Navigation Course offered by the Seattle Mountaineers. The course combined an online class with a weekend field trip.
I have nothing but praise for the volunteers/organizers. They provided a safe and friendly atmosphere for learning the skills necessary to navigate through wilderness. Despite the rain, we all had fun and learned how to relate features on a topographic map to our surroundings, and use the compass to determine bearings to objects in the field. We also practiced using a map and compass to determine our location and desired direction of travel. It was one of the best learning experiences I had in the recent years. Next course on my list is the Wilderness First Responder - a 10 day intensive class exposing students to the assessment and management principles for a broad range of injuries, illness and environmental medical problems. I can hardly wait.
“When walking alone in a jungle of true darkness,