|Date/Time:||Saturday, October 11, 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday, October 12, 9am – 4 pm, Monday, October 13, 9 am – 4 pm|
|Meet at:||Black Rock Visitor Center|
|Fee:||$110 JTNPA/PINE member $120 non members|
|Instructor:||David Pylman, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue Trainer|
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 as well as experiences users! David will explain how to best utilize GPS in wilderness navigation during this three-day field class.
- Saturday will be class room review of Global Mapping Systems, Topographic Maps, Compass essentials, with several field exercises. You will also begin learning how to setup your GPS device for wilderness travel. Bring your bag lunch and refreshments.
- Sunday you will continue to learn the finer points of your GPS device, and begin putting into practice the Goto and WhereTo features; the Tracking and Backtrack features; and the route building and finding features with practical field exercises. Bring your bag lunch and refreshments.
- Monday you will be putting it all together in a day-long wilderness navigation exercise by designing a route to a remote destination and hiking to that destination using your GPS. Bring your bag lunch and refreshments.
Required Class Materials
- Sighting/Orienteering Compass with adjustable declination and sighting mirror, such as the following models:
- Brunton Type 15
- K & R Sherpa
- K & R Alpin
- Silva Ranger 515 CL
- Suunto MC2D
- Suunto MC2G
- GPS device: must be GARMIN brand, and one of the following models:
- eTrex Vista
- eTrex Legend
- eTrex 10, 20, or 30
- GPSMap Mapseries
- two extra sets of batteries
Don’t miss this interactive class and the knowledge to add GPS technology to your navigation toolbox! Participants need to provide their own GPS devices.
And, if you wish to camp at Black Rock Canyon Campground on this holiday weekend, please let us help you get campsite reservations!
Download the course outline: GPS Navigation Techniques Fall 2014
Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park: enrollment attachments.