GPS Navigation Techniques          

Date/Time: Saturday, March 15, 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday, March 16, 9 am – 4 pm
Meet at: Black Rock Visitor Center
Fee: $100 JTNPA/PINE member $110 non members
Instructor: David Pylman, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue Trainer
Hike Level: Moderate

Learn how to use your Global Positioning System (GPS) device with David Pylman, navigation specialist, in the Mojave Desert of Joshua Tree National Park. GPS units grow in popularity each year as more and more people get access to this high powered route-finding tool. But GPS technology can be challenging for beginners use! David will explain how to best utilize GPS in outdoor navigation during this two-day field class.  David will teach participants GPS basics including how to navigate through the myriad of menus, options, and features found on their devices. More importantly, participants will also learn the limitations of GPS technology. Sunday, the class will move to field, focusing on hands-on learning experiences through practical exercises. Participants will pinpoint their location, mark waypoints, plot courses and create routes in the wilderness of the park. Don’t miss this interactive class and the knowledge to add GPS technology to your navigation toolbox! Participants need to provide their own Garmin GPS devices.  Our suggested list of Garmin GPS devices is found in the Course Outline.  Please contact us for questions on GPS units.

Download the course outline:  GPS Navigation Techniques Outline – Spg2014

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.


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