Advanced Land Navigation

Do you already have a solid grasp of the basics of land navigation but need to refresh your skills, or even learn more?  Perhaps test your skills … and yourself?

Our Advanced Land Navigation course is designed for those who already have a solid 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.

This course is geared towards participants of all skill levels and backgrounds so no particular experience, prerequisites, 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 to take care of the rest.  Please check out the “Level of Physical Difficulty” description down below for this course so that you can get the most out of the it.

Here is an overview of the program:

  • Course Duration: One day (seven hours)
  • Tuition: $150
  • Maximum Group Size: 10
  • Minimum Age: See below for details.
  • Start / End Times: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Quebec Run Wild Area (see below for more detail).
  • Description of the Level of Physical Difficulty – Moderate:  This course involves hiking with laden backpacks, walking, and other activities over varying distances at a steady pace over varying terrain that will include off-trail sections, rough spots, unexpected obstacles, and low to steep inclines and declines.  This course is conducted in varying weather conditions, including hot, cold, humid, rain,  wind, and snow, or a mixed combination.  This course is best suited for those in good physical condition.

Check Out these Answers to Commonly Asked Questions:

What happens when I register?   One of our instructors will personally follow up with you regarding your contact information, basic medical information (for safety purposes), and our waiver.  Then we will send you a detailed course information sheet which will contain all of the applicable details, like required and recommended gear, exact gathering point, general driving directions.  For an overview of the gear list now, check it out further down.

Quebec Run Wild Area – Click to enlarge.

Where is Quebec Run Wild Area located?  Quebec Run Wild Area is a 7,441 acre reserve within Forbes State Forest, located roughly 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, along the West Virginia border.

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 about the Novel Coronavirus?  As part of our continuing effort at True North to protect our clients (and to help you protect those around you, whether at home, at work, or in your community), we will be following Center for Disease Control recommended guidelines to minimize the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  So, among other steps, we will provide hand sanitizer and we will be using face coverings during those times when we are within six (6) feet of each other.  In turn, our land navigation classes have always been small (less than 10 clients) and are run entirely outdoors.  We will discuss protocols at the trailhead before your training begins.  If your class needs to be cancelled due to a government mandated stay-at-home order, then your payment will be fully refunded.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us, if you have any health concerns or questions.

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

Course equipment list – Click to enlarge.

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.