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Wilderness & White Out Navigation

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

Arguably one of the most critical skills that you can have when heading out into the wilderness is the ability to navigate through your adventure, whether you have perfect weather or a full white-out conditions.

This 6-hour clinic is a combination of classroom work and an outdoor field session was designed for alpine climbers and backcountry skiers. You’ll start the day in the classroom where you'll learn the basics (map reading, compass skills, bearings, triangulation, and several tactics for staying found) and then head outside to put what you have learned into practice. Following this you will return to the classroom to plot tour plans, using high-end alpine guide techniques, which will include an understanding of latitude and longitude, plotting analog and digital UTMs, time planning with munter units, and the understanding of climbing topo maps.

Prerequisite: Basic experience with navigation

Required Equipment:

  • One 1:24000 hard map of an area where you recreate (may be printed from a computer, but one inch must = 2000 feet.

  • Brooks Range All-in-One Map Tool (may be ordered online or from AAI. If from AAI, Jason can bring this to you at the event.)

  • Compass with mirror

  • Download Gaia GPS onto your smartphone.

  • Optional - A laptop with Gaia GPS on it

  • Mechanical Pencil

  • Notebook

Instructor: Jason Martin, AAI

Tuition: $65

About Your Instructor

Jason Martin is the Executive Director of AAI, American Alpine Institute. In addition to his work at AAI, Jason is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Mountain Guides Association, serves on the Mt. Erie Climbing Committee for the city of Anacortes, participates in the annual Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) conference and volunteers for the Bellingham Mountain Rescue Council. He serves as the technical director for the annual Red Rock Rendezvous climbing festival and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council. Jason co-authored 'Washington Ice: A Climbing Guide' and 'Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual," and authored 'Fun Climbs Red Rocks: Topropes and Moderates' and Best Climbs: Red Rocks.' AMGA Certified Rock and Alpine Guide, Leave No Trace Master Educator, Rope Rescue Technician, and International Technical Rescue Association Level 3 Rope Instructor.

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