Knowing how to use a mapand compass are crucial skills for any hiker. If you don’t know howto use a map and compass, then you are not only missing an essentialskill when taking to mountains, you could also be putting your lifein danger.
Thisworkshop will help you understand the information provided on atopographical map, the proper use of a compass, and how to put thetwo together. You'll learn about magnetic north, true north,and magnetic declination, and pairing a compass to a map. Aftercovering these fundamentals, you'll get an opportunity to practiceorienteering skills in the woods around the Stewardship Center. This interactive workshop is a great introduction to navigation andmap reading which are essential skills for anyone hiking trails orheading into the woods off-trail (bushwhacking).
Theworkshop will be led by Gordon DuBois, who is a member of the GreenMountain Club, Northeast Kingdom Chapter. Gordon has summitedthe Adirondack 46, the NH 48 in winter, the Northeast 111, was the103rd person tosummit the NE highest 100 in winter and completed a winter traverseof the NH Presidential Range. He has also summited 451 of the highestpeaks in New Hampshire and 65 in Vermont. The majority of thesemountains in VT and NH are trail less and require the use of a map,compass and GPS. He has also thru hiked the Appalachian Trail, theLong Trail, the Cohos Trail (NH) the John Muir Trail (CA), The IAT inQuebec and the Bridger Range Trail in Montana.
Toregister for this workshop go to the Northwoods Stewardship Center or call 802 723 6551 byFriday, October 21. The workshop is free to all Green Mountain Clubmembers. If you are not a member of the GMC, you need to send aregistration fee of $15.00 to the Northwoods Stewardship Center, 154Leadership Drive, Island Pond, VT 05846. The workshop will be limitedto 12 participants.
All participants mustbring a quality compass (e.g.-Suunto or Brunton), lunch and wearappropriate clothing for an afternoon tramping in the woods. Theworkshop will be held rain or shine.
If you have questionsabout this workshop email Gordon DuBois at email@example.com