INTRODUCTION TO NAVIGATION with Caro Ryan of LotsaFreshAir.
Day One (Classroom) & Day Two (Field) Sat 13, Sun 14 July 2024
What you’ll learn:
Over two jam-packed days, you’ll learn the foundations of navigating with a map and compass for tracked and untracked areas. Topics will include:
- Reading, understanding (and falling in love with) topographic maps
- Learning to ‘read the ground’
- Demystifying stuff like datums, projections, scales, declination and the ‘3 different norths’
- Becoming best friends with your compass and learning how to use it
- Route planning and finding
- Taking bearings
- How to figure out where you are
- Estimating time and distance
All of this is backed up with practical exercises and workshops in the field. We’ll also briefly touch on:
- Lat Long (Latitude Longitude)
- Smartphone apps and GPS for navigation and hiking
Day Three – putting it all into practice! Mon 15 July 2024
Monday is all about taking your newfound skills and confidence and heading out bushwalking! We will be travelling as a group and taking turns to be on ‘the pointy end’ that is, being the leader and making the navigation decisions! Lots of fun with loads of support to help you along the way.☺
Who is this course for?
Caro will start at the very beginning and not assume any prior knowledge, so don’t feel that you’ll be ‘the dumb one’, ‘or holding everyone up’.
This navigation course is all about the fundamentals and giving you all the tools and theory you need to go out and practice, practice, practice so that you can become more confident in the bush.
So if you’ve never done any map and compass navigation before, or have done some and forgotten it, this course is for you and applicable for:
- Bushwalking and hiking
- Rock Climbing
- Adventure Racing
- Rogaining and orienteering
- Ecological surveys
Cost & inclusions – Intro to Navigation Level 1
The three days of training costs $975 pp (A deposit of $350 pp is required on booking. The balance is due 4 weeks out from the course)
The course price includes:
- 3 days of teaching and instruction by the dynamic Caro Ryan of Lots of Fresh Air fame!
- Support and assistance from local bush walking guide Teresa Cause of Horizon Guides based in Boonah.
- Tea/coffee during the theory (indoor) component of the course. Morning tea Day 1 & 2.
- Emergency equipment including group first aid kit and PLB.
- “How to Navigate” by Caro Ryan
- Full topographic map of location
- Protective sleeve for maps
- Silva Ranger Compass
- Print copies of class exercises
- ....plus a few surprise extras on the way… think of them as ‘navigation fries with that’.
The tour cost does not include airfares or other associated travel expenses, accommodation, meals, transport, costs of joining the course after it has commenced or leaving it before the end, travel insurance, personal expenses
Ivory’s Rock Camping and Events facility: The entire bushland property is extensive and at times 5000 people can be accommodated across all the facilities! Access is through a locked gate only. We will be based in a quiet corner of the property at Jacaranda. The practical components of the course are in bushland adjacent to Jacaranda.
Jacaranda Conference Room is the venue at Ivory’s Rock where we will be based for the course. It is a large comfortable space with verandas on three sides. There is a kitchen area with fridge and sink for use by participants and loos.
Accommodation is not included for this course. The camping facilities at Ivory’s Rock are excellent and may booked directly. The best option for staying onsite is the Sandy Creek Campground (private bathroom for each booking, group camp kitchen with fridge, BBQ, wash up area) Bunkhouse style accommodation can also be reserved. https://www.ivorysrock.org.au/ Ph 07 3077 9668
The town of Boonah has a good selection of accommodation options including two motels as well as great selection of cafes and pubs for meals. The IGA supermarket is well-provisioned and open 7 days. The area has a range of BNBs in rural and village locations. It’s approximately a 25minute drive to Ivory’s Rock from town. Ipswich is about the same distance away to the north with all the usual options and facilities of a small city.
Packing List A detailed packing list will be provided prior with final details for the program.
Meals are not provided (apart from morning teas). You will need to bring packed lunches and snacks each day.
Mobile Phone Coverage is limited on site. WIFI will be available at Jacaranda and at the Green and Yellow campgrounds for campers.