Advanced Wilderness Navigation

Do you already have a solid grasp of the basics of land navigation but want to learn more?  And test your skills … and yourself?

Our Advanced Wilderness Navigation course is designed for those who already have a good understanding of the fundamentals of using a map and compass, but want to take their skills and abilities to the next level while learning in an intellectually and physically challenging format.

This course will review the fundamentals of wilderness navigation and then build upon it by teaching such skills as coordinate systems (with an emphasis on UTM), triangulation, celestial considerations, and  navigation psychology.  More importantly, you will apply and practice your skills will navigating over a variety of terrain types to a variety of challenging destinations.  When you are finished you will be able to plot and follow courses over different types of terrain, communicate your positions, determine North without a compass, and even be able to navigate without a compass.

Quebec Run Wild Area

And don’t worry, our land navigation program is geared towards participants of varying skill levels and backgrounds so no particular experience or athletic ability is necessary. We only require that you bring the necessary equipment, your sense of adventure, and your Positive Mental Attitude. From there, we will work together take care of the rest. However, please note the “Level of Physical Difficulty” description below so that we can all get the most out of the program.

  • Course Duration: One Day (7 hours)
  • Tuition: $130
  • Course Limit: 8
  • Start / End Times: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Quebec Run Wild Area (located roughly 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh).

After registering for the course, students will receive a detailed course information sheet which will contain all of the applicable details, like required and recommended gear, exact location, driving directions, etc

Description of the Level of Physical Difficulty – Advanced:  This course involves walking over varying distances at a steady pace over varying terrain that will include off-trail sections, rough spots, unexpected obstacles, and low to steep terrain inclines and declines.  This course is conducted in varying weather conditions, including hot, cold, humid, rain, and snow.  This is a physically challenging course so it is best suited for those in very good physical condition and ready for a fast paced day.

Check Out these Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

Are bathroom facilities available during the course? Since Quebec Run is a designated “wilderness area” there is no infrastructure whatsoever, including toilets.  Relax, though, before we set out into the wild woods, we’ll teach you what’s needed to feel just like you are at home, almost.

What is the minimum age required for our courses?  In our open registration courses, children 15-17 years old are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.  In our private courses, however, there is no set age requirement as it depends on the specific group’s needs and goals.

What kind of gear do I need to bring?  True North will provide all of the needed training supplies, including maps and compasses.

AWN Equipment

Advanced Wilderness Navigation – Equipment List

If you would like a better sense of what additional gear that you need to bring on the course, or optional gear to consider, then check out the equipment list that will be included with the course information sheet (just “click” on the image to enlarge) when you register.

However, since one of our course goals is to teach you about various gear, plus offer you a chance to “test drive” it before you buy it, if you don’t have an item, don’t necessarily feel compelled to buy it right away … especially if it’s expensive.  Instead, contact us to see if we can loan you an item or make a recommendation for purchase.