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Intro Nav 2008

Introduction to Wilderness Navigation 

Purpose: Many outdoor activities are dependent upon the ability to travel in roadless areas with only the aid of map and compass. It is extremely important that search & rescue personnel are expert in this area. This class introduces the student to use of the map and compass in the backcountry, and provides the basic tools for backcountry travel selecting routes & describing locations in a non-urban setting.

Format: Class room lectures & labs, with field exercise. (8-10 hours) Skills emphasized: Map reading & interpretation; use of map scales; declination corrections; symbol interpretation; map care; finding and following bearings with a compass; using a compass with a map; fundamentals of terrain interpretation & route selection; describing your location to others; improvised direction-finding.

Prerequisites: None

When & Where:

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008
Time: 08:00 to 16:00
Half Moon Bay Cal-Fire (CDF) Fire Station
1191 Main Street
Half Moon BayCA 94019

Park on the street, DO NOT park in the fire station lot!

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2008
Time: 09:00 to 14:00 (Trainers: Show up at 08:00)
Poplar Beach Parking Lot
(End of Poplar Street)
100 Poplar Street

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

We'll probably go for pizza in HMB on Sunday for the course debriefing.

Weather Information
Weather information below is for Half Moon Bay (HMB)


Getting There:
Use the gadgets below to get you to the locations, Street View is quite helpful.
Remember to park on the street and not in the Cal-Fire lot on Saturday!

Saturday's Location: Half Moon Bay Fire, 1191 Main Street, Half Moon Bay

Sunday's Location:Poplar Beach Parking Lot, 100 Poplar Street, Half Moon Bay

Equipment List:
is a classroom day, bring a pen and/or pencil.  Course materials will be provided.  Downtown Half Moon Bay is nearby if you want fast food, or bring a lunch.

Sunday is a field day, we will be on the bluff above the beach.  Expect cold, windy weather, maybe wet?  Dress accordingly!  Bring field lunch items.  Bring a mapping compass with a mirror if you have it.  Leave your lensatic or military-style compass at home, it will only get in the way and slow you down.  Expect to walk a couple of miles.  Bring your notes from Saturday and pens and pencils

Course Directors:  Rich Sampson and Ken Buscho