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Improve Your Navigational Skills: Take a Class

Posted by Loren Drummond at Dec 17, 2012 05:20 PM |
Wish you had a better grasp of map and compass when you're hiking? Improve your navigation skills with a hands-on class from Rebecca Jensen of the Cascade Orienteering Club on Jan. 12.
Improve Your Navigational Skills: Take a Class

Shara Feld (left) and Rebecca Jensen consult a map before a long-distance navigation race earlier this year. Photo courtesty Rebecca Jensen.

Wish you had a better grasp of map and compass when you're hiking? You're not alone.

Back in September, we asked our Facebook community which set of trail skills they'd most like to improve. Turns out, navigation and orienteering topped a lot of lists.

That's when Rebecca Jensen of the Cascade Orienteering Club offered to host a hands-on class for WTA supporters in Redmond on Jan. 12 that focuses on basic navigational skills.

> Register for the class now (cost is $20).

A fun way to learn to use a map and compass

The four hour class will be tailored to hikers who want to feel more confident about their navigational skills on trail. You'll learn to orient yourself, so that you always know where you are and what you're looking at. You'll learn how to turn navigation into a skill that can enrich your entire hiking experience (not just help you when you get lost).

Register now

The class runs 9 a.m - 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan 12. It will be held in Farrel-McWhiter Park in Redmond.

> Register for the class (cost is $20).

Additional class details: Half of the class time will be in the classroom, the other half will be outside (so dress to stay warm). If you have a compass, bring it. If not, no worries: the Cascade Orienteering Club will have some you can borrow.

WTA's Julie Cassata took a class from Jensen this year, and here's what she had to say about the experience: "Rebecca is an excellent teacher. She emphasizes that orienteering is not about compass magic, but about relating the map to your surroundings, which is really fun."

Other skills courses

If you can't make the class or have your heart set on a different skill, here are a few great resources to get you started:

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Posted by Hikingqueen at Dec 18, 2012 11:08 AM
I'd love it if there was a south-end of town option at some point(renton, kent, tacoma etc). I took an REI class and it was overbooked and i wasn't able to get the hands on time needed.

Let me know if it expands. This is a great idea and i'm glad it's an option. Thanks for always adding awesome things like this for your members!

We'll keep our eyes peeled

Posted by Loren Drummond at Dec 18, 2012 11:08 AM
Bummed you won't be able to come play outside with us for this one, but we will keep our eyes peeled for other courses at the south end of town (and all over the state).

Thank YOU for all your amazing contributions to the hiking community this year.

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