Come learn Land Navigation and Backcountry Skills with Arkansas BHA at the Ozark Natural Science Center in Huntsville, Arkansas.
The day will consist of 3 parts:
1) Intro to basic map and compass for those new to it or a refresher for those familiar with traditional map and compass land nav. We'll discuss skills like orienting the map, compass features, shooting an azimuth and following it, adjusting for magnetic declination, basic topographical terrain association and more.
2) Advanced land navigation and coordinate systems. This session will build on the first and introduce UTM coordinate systems and how to plot those manually with a grid reader. We'll also look at advanced terrain skills including backstops, aiming off, resections and more. We'll also discuss GPS systems such as Garmin wrist top units and phone apps such as OnX mapping.
*Parts 1 and 2 will be in an outdoor classroom setting with brief field exercises.
3) Field Navigation Exercise: This part will be a hike into the woods over various types of terrain applying all that we have worked on during the day. We'll navigate using a topographical map and compass and locate land marks of various types by reading the terrain and follow compass azimuths. In addition I'll be demonstrating some reliable methods of water treatment for back country travel and we'll construct a quick shelter system and discuss the pro's and con's of different shelter types.
Please bring lunch, water, and a compass if you have one (demo compasses will be available for use during the class). Remember to dress appropriately for spring weather in the Ozarks! This is a free event, but you must be a BHA member to attend. Not a member? Join us Here!