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