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Odyssey Advanced Navigation Clinic

December 2, 2023

Location: Odyssey Adventure Racing

The Odyssey Advanced Land Navigation Clinic will be an information-packed day of compass, topographical map study and orienteering in Roanoke. This will be a fun day consisting of minimum classroom study with more emphasis on day and night field work. You will learn from knowledgeable instructors with years of adventure racing, hiking and backcountry experience. You will learn techniques that are proven to work and more importantly how to work together with a team to navigate successfully.

There will be 3 hours of classroom instruction and 7-9 hours of field work finding plotted points using the skills you have learned. We will cover between 8-10 miles, on foot at a slow and learning pace, mostly off trail through thick brush, open forest and steep hillsides.

The Odyssey Advanced Navigation Clinic will explain:

  • Techniques to use to know where you are on your map at all times
  • What to do if you have lost contact with your map
  • Teach how to transition from one map to another and keep all the information flowing
  • How to use terrain features, compass, and altimeter to figure out your location
  • Advanced route selection techniques
  • When to use pace count versus time verses terrain features or all at the same time
  • Teach how to use land features to your advantage during the day and night
  • Nighttime navigation techniques
  • How and when to use intentional offset, triangulation
  • Navigation on the bike and “must have” tools and how to use them
  • Navigation on the water

It is HIGHLY recommended that you have completed an Odyssey Land Navigation Clinic or some other navigation course before registering for this clinic. You will need to know and have practiced the following skills. We will spend little if any time the teaching the skills below:

  • Know the different types of maps
  • Know different types of map scales
  • Know how to use all the information on a topographical map
  • Identify land features on a map
  • Know how to identify land features in the field
  • Know how to use a compass and its different features
  • Understand and use declination
  • Know how to measure and plot a bearing on the map
  • Know how to take and follow a bearing in the field
  • Know how to plot UTMs (Universal Transverse Mercator)
  • Know how to make and use a plotting tool for a map of any scale

Link: Odyssey Advanced Navigation Clinic Website