Map and Compass skills are vital to recreating safely in the backcountry. But with today’s technology, there are extremely powerful, digital tools that supplement traditional practices.
In this 2 hour course we will discuss the advantages of planning routes and adventures using navigation tools like Gaia, Caltopo and others. Learn the ins and outs of advanced maps so you can discover new terrain. We'll cover the basic elements of these digital tools as well as get into more advanced features so you can plan tours from the comfort of your home and execute when the conditions are right.
The knowledge to comfortably, confidently, and safely navigate in the outdoors is an essential skill. This two-hour electronic navigation course builds on the foundational skills of map and compass to take you further.
We’ll introduce powerful online (free!) mapping tools to build custom routes, explore new terrain, assess conditions, and plan outdoor adventures like a pro. These at-home routes become reality using mobile applications to utilize them in the field. You’ll leave this session with the knowledge to plan your own adventures, design end-to-end routes, and confidently follow them deep into the wilderness.
Our goal is to empower you to never get lost again. (or only on purpose!) This course utilizes online mapping tools and the Gaia GPS mobile application. The Gaia GPS application should be installed on your mobile phone prior to attendance. The use of offline navigation in Gaia GPS requires a premium subscription. This is highly encouraged but not required for this course.
About Your Instructor: Teresa Hagerty
Teresa Hagerty is a Pacific Northwest-based hiker, backpacker, mountaineer, and experienced outdoor trip leader. She is the founder and Lead Guide of a women-focused outdoor adventure company Cascade Mountain Adventures.
Her passion is encouraging and educating outdoor adventurers to share the gift of the outdoors with everyone. She is also a Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer, and AAIRE 1 Certified.
Teresa resides in Seattle with her partner. Her idea of a perfect day involves a remote mountain summit, a patch of sunlight, and a cold IPA.