Advanced Military Land Navigation

Our Advanced Military Land Navigation course is geared towards service personal with a strong understanding of land navigation but want to sharpen their skills over very challenging terrain, both day and night.

This course is geared toward military personnel transitioning to, or already serving in, special operations.  Prior clients include active duty and National Guard soldiers in the Special Forces pipeline, Marines currently serving in a reconnaissance unit, and operators from the Navy special warfare community.  We have also been privileged to work with folks heading to selection with the Combat Applications Group.

U.S. Army

This training is open only to military personnel with an existing competence in land navigation.  We realize that your traditional skills may be rusty since, after your original training, you’ve been almost exclusively using electronic tools to move overland (or underwater) between points day and night, or your mission role doesn’t require navigation tasks, so we’ll certainly review and refine the fundamentals as necessary and as requested to meet your individual needs and goals.  However, our instructors have no intent to completely remediate or waste training time.  The emphasis of your training will be in the field — much of it solo — becoming appropriately more challenging and advanced.

U.S. Navy

Our checkpoint course is definitely not the typical one that you’ve used on a military installation.  Our training site is located in Quebec Run Wild Area, a 7,441 acre protected wilderness preserve, located on the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Pennsylvania, near the West Virginia border.  You will see none of our more than 60 checkpoints off in the distance, nor will you be able to simply follow a well worn path to any one.  The distance between points can be as little as 150 meters to more than 7,000 meters, much of it over steep and rugged terrain hindered by boulders and dense vegetation.  This is probably one reason why Quebec Run and the surrounding region is also used by the special operations community to conduct their own training and assessment.

Location of Quebec Run Wild Area – Click to enlarge.

We offer this training in two formats. Either as a 3-Day / 3-Night open-registration course that we post on our Schedule, or as private instruction that can be run for one or more clients in various timeframes to best accommodate their needs, goals, timeframes, and budget.  For safety, you will be fitted with a satellite-communicator that, among other features, allows us to track you and exchange text messages.

Here is an overview of the open-registration, group program:

  • Course Duration: 3-Day / 3- Night (approximately 33 hours of instructional time).
  • Fee: $995  (please note that this fee already reflects our Military Discount).
  • Maximum Group Size: 6
  • Start / End Times: Friday, 09:00 hours until Sunday, 23:00 hours (approximate end).
  • Location: Quebec Run Wild Area (see below for more detail).
  • Description of Physical Difficulty – Moderate to Strenuous:  This course involves hiking with laden backpacks 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, or a mixed combination.  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.
  • Overnight Accommodation:  You can chose to either spend the night in the woods with your instructor or stay in a local hotel.

If you would like to consider private training for yourself or your group, contact us so that we can offer you options and issues to consider, like pricing and availability, even online coaching. 

Commonly Asked Questions:

How do I know that I’m qualified for this course?  Rating one’s land navigation ability can be subjective so if you have any questions or doubts, please first telephone Erik (412.913.6000) to discuss.

I’ve already completed another True North land navigation course, may I register for this one?  If you’ve taken our Advanced Land Navigation or Basic Military Land Navigation course, you potentially may be able to register for this course, but please telephone Erik (412.913.6000) to discuss before you register.

Is this course open to LEOs?  This training is also open to all sworn law enforcement professionals who already possess a strong understanding of land navigation.  Prior clients include members of federal special operation groups as well as state and municipal special response teams.

What happens when I register?   We will personally follow up with you to explain the steps needed to finalize your booking.  Once we receive your completed forms, 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, and general driving directions.

What about the Coronavirus?  True North continues to follow all Center for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines to minimize transmission of COVID.

Where is Quebec Run Wild Area located?  Quebec Run is located roughly 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, along the West Virginia border, on the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains.  It is roughly 25 miles north of Camp Dawson.  The vegetation, terrain, and climate spans the mix from open, easy, and pleasant to dense, strenuous, and harsh.  This training area, then, provides an appropriate learning environment from the novice to highly skilled.

To learn more, contact us at your convenience.


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