Basics of AR Navigation

  • February 8, 2014 · 8:00 AM
  • Placitas Open Space Park

Update: Bring your smart phone or camera to take pictures of the checkpoints!

Directions: We will meet at the Placitas Silver mine trailhead parking area. To reach it take I-25 North to Placitas, then exit at the Placitas/Bernalillo turnoff. Turn East(right) at the stop light and go approx 2.4 miles. You will pass a strip mall/shopping center on your left, then go approximately .5 miles and turn right at the dirt road. Go about 150 yards. The drive takes about 25 minutes from Albuquerque starting from the I-25/I-40(Big Eye) intersection so please plan accordingly to get there on time!

This clinic is for the beginner AR who wants to learn the basics about navigation, compass, reading maps, and learning to route find. Clinic will last about 4 hours from 8am to 12pm(noon) so bring enough food, water, and warm clothing for weather conditions. We teach this class in all weather conditions. You will be hiking about 2 - 3 miles during the four hours. If you have a compass and UTM grid bring them. I will have some extras. Plan on learning a lot and having fun. Mistakes are welcomed.

Even though I will be focused on the beginner Nav person, experienced Nav'ers are welcome - I've got a course for you that will keep you challenged...


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  • Steve

    Ron: Thanks for the feedback. Normally we use the three sided panels. However, since these three courses are permanent courses we use the orange 2x2 tape. By doing this everyone gets a chance to practice finding CP's on any of the three courses at their leisure. Also, we don't have to set a course, and pick up the CP's afterwards - and nobody gets too practice later on. Those people in the beginner class were coached by me to Navigate and find the CP's. By the end they were very good at locating the small CP's. Those who did the advanced course(CP 31-36) unassisted would find this course very challenging. I might add that two people did find all the CP's. Hope to see you at the next Nav class.

    February 10

  • Amber

    Thanks so much for a great day! The hike was beautiful and I learned so much!! I look forward to coming out again.

    February 10

  • Ron W.

    I would have liked a larger marker for the checkpoints for the basic course.

    February 10

  • New Mexico Adventure Racing C.

    Great course, Steve! As always - very challenging - note to self - BRING ALTIMETER WATCH! Great Job to the other guys on the advanced course who found all the CPs!

    February 10

  • Becky

    Great day, great advice!

    February 9

  • Mark S B.

    Good times today, Steve. Thanks again for setting up a challenging but rewarding course! Great excuse to get outdoors ... :-)

    February 8

  • Amber

    Any way to still RSVP? I didn't see that they closed at 8 pm. Thanks!

    February 7

    • Amber

      Yay! Thanks. No maps so hoping I can tag along with someone.

      February 7

    • New Mexico Adventure Racing C.

      Feel free to come out - though you'll probably have to share a map with someone - we close RSVPs in order to have a count for printing our maps out - Thx Jeff

      February 7

  • Steve

    Cecile. Some parts of this Nav will have some snow and off trail - might make it difficult for kids. it's your call.

    February 7

    • Cecile

      Thanks or the heads up, Steve. Is there anyone on the waiting list for this? If so, I don't want to hold up a spot while I deliberate.

      February 7

  • Cecile

    I need to start from the beginning (again) so I am doing the short course. Steve, is it fine if I make it a family thing and bring the kids? They don't jump on people, bite or bark.

    1 · February 5

  • Steve

    The Advanced course(long course) is approximately 4 miles with lots of hills. The Beginner course is 2.5 to 3 miles.

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Steve

    Dogs are permitted as long as they do not jump on people, bite, or bark.

    January 27, 2014

  • Jennifer S.

    How long is the long course? Just in case I'm feeling extra adventurous...

    January 27, 2014

  • kathy m.

    Can I bring my dog ?

    January 26, 2014

  • Steve

    Hey all navigators, or wanna be Nav's. I just vetted a new course for Placitas today ! Views are terrific and you'll get to see not one, but two old mines, and one iced over waterfall-roller section. Yeah ! I have courses for beginners and advanced Nav'ers. So sign up and bring a friend. Less than two weeks away....

    1 · January 26, 2014

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