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Basic Land Navigation Class

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.

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.

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  • Jackie V. W.

    I would have love too but am in Philippines right now,lol! It has to b really next time for me!

    May 14, 2014

  • Jeff M.

    A paid participant for this class has to make an unexpected trip and can no longer attend. If anyone would like to buy her spot at the last minute (class starts Wednesday evening) please contact me [masked]

    May 13, 2014

  • Jeff M.

    The most realistic schedule for the next Basic Land Nav class is Spring 2015. Advanced Land Nav will probably be offered in Fall 2014, and I have several trips and personal commitments to attend to. Keep in touch! Check out the other outdoor education offerings by our club volunteers!

    May 9, 2014

  • Jackie V. W.

    Thank U Jeff! I know it's not easy to organize this kind of stuff but am really interested n timing is everything. I bet my daughter n her husband will be interested too but we take turns in babysitting their energetic 3 year old daughter. I really hope theres next time!

    May 9, 2014

  • Judy N.

    Oops! I found it below.

    May 9, 2014

  • Judy N.

    Where is the link to email Jeff, since his email was "masked".

    May 9, 2014

  • Jeff M.

    Keli and Jackie - we used to run two Basic classes per year: one in Spring and one in Fall. We dropped back to just one per year due to falling enrollment numbers. I'm extremely grateful to Charity and the MAC Meetup for giving us additional exposure now that we are opening up the classes. If more people show interest, we will definitely consider offering more than one class per year! We would also be looking for class graduates with an aptitude for the material who would like to come back and help us teach future land nav courses. The more interest and the more volunteers we have, the more we can offer to the rest of the community.

    I'm also looking to see if we can reduce the time commitment by compressing some of the topics or eliminating a few that maybe are less useful. If you have any other thoughts of feedback, email is always welcome!

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Keli

    Jeff, if you could repeat this or make it a camp/hiking weekend class, I would love to do it.

    May 8, 2014

  • Jackie V. W.


    May 8, 2014

  • Jeff M.

    Today is the last day to contact me and get payment to me. I need to order books, and the class starts next Wednesday. I currently have 10 confirmed participants in the class, one with "check's in the mail", leaving 5 open spots. Time is running out to register for what I think is the best Basic Land nav class in Michigan.

    May 6, 2014

    • Laurie V.

      I didnt read where payment was due. What are you looking for?

      May 6, 2014

    • Jeff M.

      Cost of the class is listed in the description above. $50.00 for SOLAR club members. $55.00 for non club members. Send me an email if you'd like to register. I'll give you the details. Email: [masked]

      May 6, 2014

  • Jeff M.

    I've only received confirmed registrations from a few people. If you want to take this class please contact me and I will send you details on how to complete payment and registration. I usually only run this class once or twice a year based on demand. Traditionally it's offered in Spring and/or fall when bugs and thick foliage isn't a problem. I plan to offer an advanced class this fall which includes more map techniques, GPS use, and a night Nav exercise. This basic class is a prerequisite for the advanced class.

    May 4, 2014

  • Mandie

    I hope this opportunity becomes available in the summer as I already have a trip planned for the weekend you do the camping. This all sounds very useful

    May 4, 2014

  • Jeff

    Don't forget to e-mail Jeff. RSVPing here does not put you in the class.

    April 28, 2014

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