Introduction: The course is designed for individuals wishing to apply basic land navigation skills for outdoor activities by using a map, compass and a hand-held GPS. All interested hikers are welcome to register.
Course Description: The course will help participants to understand and to use a map, compass and GPS unit in basic navigation situations. Course components include a section on parts of a map and compass, reading a map, taking a bearing on a map and taking a bearing in the field with a compass. In the GPS section, course participants will learn the theory and background of GPS methods of navigation and on a practical level, following a bearing, using way points and other common uses and techniques of GPS units. For both sections of the course, the theory portions will be held indoors and the practical half of the course will be conducted outdoors.
Bring: Participants need to bring a base plate orienteering compass, paper, pen, ruler, weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, lunch, water, and a GPS (if available).
Costs: The cost for a Hike Ontario one-day course is $85.00. If a facility can be obtained at no cost, the course cost with will reduced accordingly.
Registration: We require a minimum of 6 people with a maximum of 12 people. Registrations are to be on-line using Hike Ontario’s easy to use Eventbrite application system. The deadline for registration will be 7 days prior to the start of the course.