Mount Washington Observatory

Land Navigation 101

July 14, 2012

(space is limited)

This comprehensive course will familiarize participants with the proper use of a map and compass when navigating in wilderness environments. Topics include reading topographic maps, using a compass, measuring and following bearings, creating trip plans, “improvised” navigation and more.

The course will be led by seasoned backcountry guide Dave Lottmann, a former US Marine who currently teaches rock climbing, ice climbing, backcountry skiing, land navigation and avalanche safety classes for the Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School in the White Mountains of New Hampshire while also serving on the local Mountain Rescue Service.

The workshop will commence at 8:15am and conclude at 4:30pm, beginning at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, located at 2779 White Mountain Highway in North Conway, NH. Click here for directions.

This eight-hour course will spend the first four hours in the classroom and the second four hours in the field.

The fee for Mount Washington Observatory members and/or registered Seek the Peak 2012 participants is $95. The fee for the general public is $115. Cost includes instruction and all associated materials (see “Gear Requirements,” below).

To reserve your spot, please contact Mount Washington Observatory Director of Education Michelle Cruz at (800) 706-0432, x225 or Class size is restricted to 12 people to insure plenty of hands-on instruction and supervision by the educator, so advance reservations are strongly encouraged. A minimum of six participants is required for the course to run.

For the July 14 workshop date, no refunds will be issued after July 1.

Physical Requirements
Participants should be in good physical condition and able to hike uphill for 2+ hours and carry a light daypack. Closed toe footwear is required (no flip flops). For the safety of all concerned, those who are not in good physical condition or are not properly clothed will NOT be allowed to participate in the field-based portion of the workshop, and refunds will NOT be possible. Please contact us if you are unsure of your ability to participate.

Required Gear
1 liter water (minimum)
Comfortable hiking clothes (cotton not recommended)
Rain jacket or water-resistant wind breaker
Hiking shoes or boots

Bug repellent

Provided by Course Instructor:

A special discount of 20% off full price will be available for in-store purchases at the local North Conway Eastern Mountain Sports store on the day before, day of, and day after the course. To utilize this discount, you must register for the course in advance. Then, provide your name to the cashier during the days that reflect your course registration.

Participants must provide their own transportation to and from the field locations. We will encourage carpooling.


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