Mountain Navigation Basics – Fernie

Do you want to learn how to use a map and compass to navigate in the mountains? You're in the right spot! Join us this summer for a fun day of theory followed by an outdoor activity to hone your new skills.

About the Course

📍 Practical Learning: From understanding maps to mastering compass use, the morning program offers hands-on training to prepare you for real-world scenarios.

🏔️ Outdoor Exploration: Immerse yourself in an afternoon dedicated to the art of navigation, where you’ll apply your newfound knowledge to navigate terrain. An interactive field activity will be the highlight of the course!

🌟 Expert Instruction: Benefit from guidance by seasoned instructors who are passionate about sharing their expertise and ensuring your confidence in outdoor navigation.

🧭  Personalized Experience: Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced explorer, our course caters to all skill levels, offering personalized instruction to meet your needs.

🔒 Limited Availability: With a maximum of 6 students per course you will get the most from this course but spaces are limited!

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our Instructors and Guides

The Mountain Addicts team is obsessed with safety. All of our guides are members of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). The ACMG is the only internationally recognized professional association of trained and certified mountain guides and instructors in Canada. Our guides come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and Mountain Addicts will find your perfect match.

Mel Makepeace

Ski Guide & Owner

Mel is the owner of Mountain Addicts, an ACMG Ski Guide and Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. She began her career as a ski patroller in 2008 and now travels the world ski touring and heli-ski guiding. Mel particularly loves facilitating mountain travel confidence in women.

More Info

  • This course is suitable for all skill levels.
  • We will be walking on trails as well as off-trail where we will expect to encounter uneven ground, roots, bushes, and sloping terrain.

Equipment List

You are required to bring:

  • A compass with a rotating bezel, declination adjustment, and magnetized needle. A compass app or watch are not suitable.
  • A pencil.
  • Clothing suitable for an afternoon outdoors with all weather possibilities in mind.
  • Sturdy walking shoes.
  • Lunch, snacks, and water.
  • A phone pre-loaded with a GPS app such as Fatmap, CalTopo, Gaia etc.

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