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Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« on: March 05, 2014, 03:58:52 pm »
I am very interested in taking a couple of hours of Map and Compass instruction. I have no idea if any of the "geocaching" guys or adventure sport shops etc...offer anything like this? Any help is much appreciated.

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2014, 10:39:47 pm »
Any skill is a tool out of the tool chest, and as always, you need the right tool for the right job.
Since you addressed this in the "Survival" section, I can only assume that is the issue for preparedness you are wanting to address.
I, personally,  am terribly "old-school". In my opinion, a map and compass are for directing artillery fire, or an air strike, or possibly locating a completely concealed and buried cache.
Finding your way, on foot, and maintaining direction to keep from getting lost, or "turned around", is a general skill of focus, and attention that you commit to and assume confidence of.  There are a number of small observations that will allow you to tell direction at most any time, day or night.  Learning those, will keep you on your path......always.  But if you depend on a map and compass to get into an area, then you may be dependent on them to get back out. If they became lost or damaged........you could end up the same.
I'm always happy to share things I've learned.  I live in eastern New Mexico. If you are ever out this way, I could give you a hand with the skills. 

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 10:17:38 am »
This may be of interest to more members than you think.
Perhaps G21C would consider hosting a group of guys for a two day trek in his area.
Just a suggestion.

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 06:19:37 pm »
This may be of interest to more members than you think.
Perhaps G21C would consider hosting a group of guys for a two day trek in his area.
Just a suggestion.

You gonna come too??   ;D

Bet I could work that out. Not positive on a two day outing at this time, but an all day-er should be fairly manageable. Weekdays are easier than weekends for me though.
Took these today....

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2014, 03:00:40 pm »
Joe,

Have you seen that TV program (Lone Survivor I think) where they kidnap one of their friends and drop them in the middle of nowhere and they have a certain amount of time to find civilization.  I love that program.

I know, he has a safety net, and there is a camera crew, and they track him with GPS, but there is still a lot of valuable information that can be gleaned (look it up).

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2014, 03:43:57 pm »
Mighta seen a partial on-line, just have antennae TV here.
My thoughts were to blindfold, get to a location, then ask all pertinent questions as to "Where the hell are you?"  Lol.
Terrain navigation can be pretty important here, because canyons can impede travel. The end result is criss-crossing, without ever losing that sense of original direction.

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2014, 06:27:21 pm »
Joe,

Have you seen that TV program (Lone Survivor I think) where they kidnap one of their friends and drop them in the middle of nowhere and they have a certain amount of time to find civilization.  I love that program.

I know, he has a safety net, and there is a camera crew, and they track him with GPS, but there is still a lot of valuable information that can be gleaned (look it up).

I think I have seen that show.  Is that the one where they dropped the Navy Seal in the Arctic somewhere and he tossed some of the food because he said he didn't like it (or something like that)? 
Another day in this carnival of souls
Another night settles in as quickly as it goes
The memories are shadows, ink on the page
And I can't seem to find my way home

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2014, 08:18:13 am »
Joe,

Have you seen that TV program (Lone Survivor I think) where they kidnap one of their friends and drop them in the middle of nowhere and they have a certain amount of time to find civilization.  I love that program.

I know, he has a safety net, and there is a camera crew, and they track him with GPS, but there is still a lot of valuable information that can be gleaned (look it up).

Yes

I think I have seen that show.  Is that the one where they dropped the Navy Seal in the Arctic somewhere and he tossed some of the food because he said he didn't like it (or something like that)?

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2014, 10:32:10 pm »
I was fortunate enough to have my wife along on quite a tiring expedition, but we seen so many cool things, it made it worth every effort.  Although I forgot my camera, I still had my phone, although the pix are smaller. 
The photo is of a fossilized dinosaur bone embedded in the rock.  We made it out of the area before the wind hit.
I also picked up a single arrowhead, and one......either very large scraper, or small axe head.
You really never know what you'll come across if you keep a keen eye.

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2014, 11:56:46 pm »
Count me in Joe!! That would be awesome! I'd love to trek through the canyon land and look for resources! I might be a little slow!!! Damn desk job!!

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2014, 01:07:08 am »
Count me in Joe!! That would be awesome! I'd love to trek through the canyon land and look for resources! I might be a little slow!!! Damn desk job!!
Absolutely!
I will......openly admit, that, going alone.....leaves me vulnerable to becoming lion bait.  I sometimes have to circle around and watch for tracks to see if I'm being stalked.  That has happened on several occasions.  It can get mighty uncomfortable at times.  (always be friendly and watchful of any birds....their behavior will tell you plenty about predators)
But really, it's always ten times better when someone is along to share the experience with. Nature is awsome.
PM me, on days that can work for you, and, weather and my schedule providing......we can make it happen.   

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2014, 10:41:47 am »
That is a cool find!

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2014, 09:57:25 pm »
The view from my (this) weekends base camp.........


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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2014, 08:43:21 pm »
another snap.......

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2014, 05:22:38 pm »
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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2014, 12:13:36 am »
a few more.......

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2014, 09:53:13 pm »
Good gosh I want to go hiking and camping !! Works been killing me but hopefully it will slow down soon !!!

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Re: Does anyone in this area offer a course in Land Navigation?
« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2014, 11:01:21 pm »
It would be a blast to have you out.