The skills of reading a map and using a compass are an essential for bushwalking, and having these skills means relying less on your phone and being stuck when it runs out of battery or loses signal. Knowing the basics will also give you the confidence to be out on your own or tackle a new walk with friends, and will give you the knowledge to start learning more about navigation and the enthusiasm to get out and about.
This training day is for people for people who have done our Map & Compass Navigation Training or those who have basic navigation skills and would like to refresh or upskill.
This event will be held in bushland an hour and a half west of Melbourne where we will build your skills. We will provide a topographic map of the area and a compass (if you don’t have one) and after a briefing to go over some of the basics again and a summary of the walk, we will head off into the bush to test out your skills under the guidance of our instructors. This walk will be a variety of both on and off-track with full reliance on our navigation skills to get to certain pre-marked features and challenges. This isn’t a race or competition, just a fun day out walking through the forest to learn and apply the essential skills of navigation using a map and compass.
Obtaining a bearing and magnetic declination
Following a bearing
Contouring and route choice
We also supply:
A map and compass
Snacks and a healthy lunch
Fully guided and supported event
Our trainer is an experienced outdoor navigator, with many years of racing, orienteering and work in the outdoor industry. This is a group walk where we will work together to make our way through the forest, and will cover anywhere from 10-15km depending on the day.
Location: Bungal State Forest
Meeting Point: Devlins Road (off Ballan-Egerton Road) Mount Egerton 3352
Time: 9am – 3pm
NOTE: There are no toilets available on this walk.
(The nearest 24hr public toilets are in Baccus Marsh on the main road)
Strict limits on numbers. Please see terms and conditions.