This class provides a thorough introduction to map and compass navigation and is being offered through the Solar Club with Jeff McWilliams as the lead instructor. Jeff joined Solar in 2007 and has served as lead instructor in the Solar Club for Basic Land Navigation, Advanced Land Navigation, Orienteering, and Geocaching; and as assistant instructor for Beginning Backpacking, Search & Rescue, Top Rope Climbing and Anchors, and Adventure Racing.
This posting is for information Only.
Limit of 10 students.
If you wish to participate in this class You must contact Jeff at [masked].
In this class you will learn: How compasses work and how to use them. Map reading. Terrain visualization. Taking and plotting compasses bearings. Triangulation. The “three norths”. Declination, what it means, and how to navigate accurately by accounting for it. Navigation Strategies. Route Planning Basics.
There are three Wednesday Evenings classes- May 14, 21, 28 at the Berkley Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave, Berkley, MI 48072
Time: 6:30-9:00 PM You will need for the classes: Notebook, Mechanical Pencil, and Baseplate Compass (if you have one)
And one Weekend Practical- May 31 – June 1 at Waterloo State Rec. Area. Need for weekend: folding chair, Food and utensils, Daypack, water bottle, 10 essentials, Weather appropriate clothing for indoors and outdoors, Sleeping bag and sleeping pad, Flash light or headlamp, and Earplugs (if you are sensitive to snoring)
Due to the cumulative nature of the material covered, No “excused absences” are possible.
Students must attend all evening classes and both days of the practical.
Cost: $50 Solar Club member.
$55 non-Solar Club member.
Includes: Book, Rustic cabin accommodations at Waterloo State Rec. Area, Handouts, and maps
Does not include: State park permit and Meals
SOLAR Club membership Dues: Individuals — $40 annually or $240 lifetime Family — $55 annually, or $330 lifetime. http://www.solaroutdoors.com/
The SOLAR Club is a Not for Profit outdoors club. The Steering Committee (members elected to run the club), most of the instructors, and the activity leaders are all volunteers. By giving their time and knowledge so that others can come together and enjoy the outdoors.