Basic Land Navigation
The ability to find your way across the terrain using simple land navigation techniques can make your outdoor adventures more enjoyable, by “opening up” the entire wilderness to you. Without the ability to navigate cross country, you’re mostly limited to following trails. And while trail hiking is certainly an enjoyable way to see the wilderness, if the sum total of your land navigation skills involves finding the next blaze, you’re at a big disadvantage in the wilds.
Online Training Module: $18
The specific purpose of this course is to provide you in easy-to-learn chunks the information you need to become a competent map-and-compass land navigator. You’ll find useful information on path finding, compass use, and map reading.
Lectures include how to use any lengthy terrain feature as a “catching” feature or a “handrail.” Plus, you’ll see how to use a compass (including a military lensatic compass and protractor), including how to work with magnetic declination. You’ll see why “aiming off” makes such good sense. And you’ll see why dividing your trip into numerous legs, each ending at a “checkpoint” can help you find your may across great stretches of terrain.
We’ll go over the time-honored navigation practice of dead reckoning, and how to use it under conditions of limited visibility, such as at night, or when you’re fogged in or “greened in” by thick foliage.
We’ll also cover USGS topographical maps, including how to read contour lines, measuring distance on the map, and interpreting depictions of terrain features.
You might be asking yourself “Why do I need to know all this stuff if I have a GPS?” And the answer is “While GPSes are great, they should supplement, and not replace good low-tech backup navigation skills based on the proper use of map and compass.”
Besides the course lectures, students will receive in the form of downloadable PDF files, two books I’ve written on land navigation. These books supplement the Udemy lectures. Total course completion time is about 8 hours.
Those needing land navigation skills include:
- Hikers, hunters, outdoor photographers
- Military personnel
- Search and rescue personnel
- Wilderness medical personnel
- Anybody else who wants to learn
What does it cost?
The cost is $18. You will be issued a course key upon completing registration.
About the author:
All my life, beginning in early childhood, I’ve had a passion for the outdoors. My book–Surviving the Wilds of Florida–was my labor of love for how to take care of yourself in my home state’s great outdoors. I’m a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. To further improve my competency in the outdoors, I’ve studied navigation–both land and marine–extensively. Although I’m competent with a GPS, and have taught classes in GPS, my philosophy is for safety’s sake one should know low-tech navigation first, then graduate to GPS. I taught at the college level for 14 years–four years as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia, and ten years at St. Johns River Community College, here in Florida. I love learning, and I love teaching. I especially love learning and teaching outdoor skills.
Interested in taking a Wilderness First Aid?
The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It meets industry guidelines.
Purchase a Land Navigation Course and get $20 off a future Wilderness First Aid course.
After purchasing our land navigation course, we will email you a promo code to drop the rate from $149 to $129.