Find your way to Navigation 101 class
GRAND JUNCTION — Outdoor orientation can be puzzling for many who are not familiar with the language of compasses, coordinates, bearings, minutes, degrees and all those squiggly lines on a map. To help recreationist enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a one-evening only ‘Navigation 101’ class from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at the CPW Hunter Education Complex, 711 Independent Ave., Grand Junction.
Pre-registration is required. Go to http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/47813/. Or visit http://www.register-ed.com, select “Colorado,” then click on “View Upcoming Events” to find the Navigation 101 registration site.
Navigating successfully is among the most useful of all outdoor-related skills but is often overlooked or underappreciated by hunters, hikers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts. As a result, every year, numerous people find themselves lost in unfamiliar territory and need rescuing.
“Many people avoid heading to the backcountry for fear of becoming lost, limiting their enjoyment of the outdoors,” said Education Coordinator and class instructor Kathleen Tadvick. “Getting lost can be a very unpleasant experience if you are unprepared, but it can be easily avoided with a little basic knowledge.”
Class topics will include learning how to navigate with ancient tools, such as a compass, maps, and the sun’s position in the sky; however, part of the class will focus on the use of modern equipment such as a Global Positioning Satellite receiver, or GPS.
“GPS units are great tools. But if you don’t know how to use them, they can end up being just extra weight you have to carry,” said Tadvick. “They may seem like simple devices, but we’ll show you how to take full advantage of the many features found in even the most basic system.”
Tadvick adds that despite the tremendous capabilities of most GPS units, they are limited by their dependence on batteries and possible failure if exposed to the elements.
“Technology is great and it’s important to know how to use the latest electronic navigation gadgets, but learning how to use the tools that don’t require batteries or won’t malfunction in extreme conditions is your best option,” she said. “It could save your life.”
CPW routinely offers “101” classes to teach the basics of hunting, fishing and archery. The goal is to help people take advantage of many of the outdoor opportunities found in Colorado.
For more information, visit cpw.state.co.us.
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