Navigation & Route-finding Workshop - Wed, Aug 8 2018, Sat, Aug 11 2018, Sat, Aug 18 2018

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The Basics:
Event Type:Training
Event Location:West Abbotsford
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Aug 8 2018, Sat, Aug 11 2018, Sat, Aug 18 2018  6:30 PM
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jul 25 2018 6:30:00 PM
Event Duration:3 days
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Alan Trick
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Member Cost:$2.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 7 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


Warning: Times have changed. It's now a Wednesday night and two Saturdays

Intro: I've been thinking about doing soemthing like this for a few years now. The reason is that I've meet plenty of people who would make great trip leaders/organizers, but they lack the training and confidence to find their way around in the backcountry. The goal of this workshop is to give prospective trip organizers the tools they need to plan trips and execute them safely in the backcountry.


  • Wednesday night, 6:30-9 (indoors): route planning & maps
  • Saturday
    • 8-10 (indoors): present homework, navigation & compass, getting lost
    • 10-1 (outdoors): easy practice
    • 1-4 (outdoors): intermediate practice
    • 4-6 (indoors): advanced navigation
  • Second Saturday: 6-6 (outdoors): advanced practice

Course Materials: You can view/download them from Docdroid if you so please. It's not really necessary though.

What's not included: Avalanche training & winter backcountry navigation aren't covered. Take AST1 and/or the avalanche training workshop overed by the section. Also, rock/rescue & glacier rescue skills aren't covered.

Screening: There's not a lot of room (I wanted to keep things small because I didn't have a great space for indoor stuff). Registrants will stay on the waitlist till July 14, after that I'll select people based primarily on active club paricipation; if there's still room after that, it's first-come/first-serve.


Paricipants should have taken the basic mountaineering course or the equivilant.

Jay MacArthur (I think) does some sort of trip organizing workshop every now and then. Going to that is recommended, but not necessary.

Required Items to Bring:

(Saturdays): hiking shoes/boots, Rain Clothing, Warm Clothing, at least 1 Litre of Water, Food

(Second Sunday): Helmet, Harnes, Gloves, Good boots/shoes for rock, Belay Device, 2 Locking Biners, at least 2 Litres of Water, Food, Sunglasses, Headlamp

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Pencil and paper for notes, umbrella if it rains on saturday, sunglasses/hat

How to Get There:
Event Directions:TBA

I'll try to arrange carpooling from Vancouver to Abbotsford
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Member Cost:$2.00/Person
Cost Includes:Course materials
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the ACC VA. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

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