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
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.
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