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Navigation: Putting Modern Tools to Work For You

  • Mazama Mountaineering Center 527 SE 43rd Avenue Portland, OR 97215 United States (map)


To navigate in the wilderness we used to focus on map and compass skills, as that was about all we had at our disposal. But times have changed and while nothing can replace the use of a map and compass in the field, we have a lot more tools at our fingertips to both prepare for our trips as well as manage our travel while on route. This seminar will focus on the use of google earth, gaia gps navigation app, KML/KMZ files, GPX tracks, and taking that info and turning it into an accurate time plan. 

Prerequisite: None. Basic topographic map reading skills will be helpful. 

Required Gear: None

Optional Gear: Highly recommend downloading the Gaia GPS app on smart phone and creating an account. Laptop with Google Earth, pencil, paper, GPS unit.

Instructor: Alan Rousseau

Max. Participants: $20

Tuition: $25


About the Instructor

As a mountain guide, Alan Rousseau has landed a profession that he is passionate about, a profession that has taken him to amazing locations in Utah, Alaska, Washington, Peru, and the European alps. After spending his childhood in New England, Alan moved to Utah in 2004 where he lives with his wife and learned to climb. Initially, Alan picked up climbing as a secondary activity in an effort to take his skiing and snowboarding further up into the mountains. But the more he did it, the more he found passion in climbing impressive lines and summiting awe-inspiring peaks. Aside from his guiding trips, Alan has also traveled to places such as Nepal, India, Greece, and Canada where he has explored new places and established new routes. 

Mountain Resume

  • IFMGA/UIAGM Certified Guide

  • First ascents of mixed climbs up to M10

  • 2013 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award Recipient

  • First ascent of the West Face of Pachermo Peak in the Rolwaling Himal of Nepal

  • First ascent of Langmoche Ri peak in the Rolwaling Himal of Nepal

  • First Ascent Rungofarka Suru valley of Kashmir, India

  • 2017 Mugs stump award recipient

  • 2018 AAC cutting edge award

  • Sponsorsed by: Beal, Grivel, Cilogear, Adidas Terrex

Earlier Event: November 15
Intermediate/ Advanced Ice & Mixed Climbing
Later Event: November 15
Movement Efficiency: Rock