Yellow – Orange Advanced Class

Filed under: Uncategorized by Joseph on February 16th, 2019
  • This class will cover the following strategies: Handrails, Catch Features, Collecting Features, Attack Points, Pace Counting, Map Handling, Trail running, and Quick Compass Use.
  • Definitions
    • Handrails
      • Linear feature parallel to your course
      • Stream, Ridge, Vegetation boundary, Trail
    • Catch Features
      • A feature that tells you that you have gone far enough
        • A handrail sideways
      • You need a catch feature if you will be going through a featureless area.
    • Collecting Features
      • A group of features that signal to you that you are approaching your destination or help you locate your position along your route.
    • Attack Points
      • A prominent feature near the control
    • Pace Counting (All the time, especially if you don’t have a catch feature.)
      • Practice keeping it going all the time until you can count in the background and still think.
      • Measure the distance between two points and count the paces
      • Note the differences between the different terrain types
      • Adjust your count depending on the terrain
    • Trail running – always identify how you will get off the trail before you decide to use one.
  • Put those skills together to Locate an advanced control 
    • The first thing you do is locate where you are and where you are going.
      • Study the area around the control and find a close-by identifiable point
      • Identify if there is a favored approach
      • Find the most direct way. Then identify any obstacles and the best way to go around them.
      • Choose a route keeping a lookout for the navigational features we discussed.
      • When you get to the last hundred meters Slow Down
    • Map Handling
      • Keep the map oriented as you turn around
      • Single fold the map
      • Keep your thumb on your location
      • Move it as you run – count and move it 100m at a time.
      • If you have to keep forcing the map to look right, you probably aren’t where you think you are.
    • Quick Compass Use
      • Keeping the map oriented and compass on your thumb notice that the arrow is pointing north whenever you are on a straightaway
      • Aiming Off
        • Setting a course deliberately to one side of where you want to go along a catch feature so you will know which way to turn.
      • Stay on course, by locating a distant tree or feature, then taking a new bearing when you get there.
  •  If you want to practice these skills in a class you should sign up for one of our half day classes. The dates are on our schedule, and the classes are included in your membership.

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