Backcountry Navigation Course

Route Planning & Backcountry Navigation


Some trails are easy to follow - most aren't.  That's  why being proficient with a map and a compass is crucial to your survival while traveling backcountry.  In this backcountry nagivation course you'll learn how to plan your route whether it's a short in-and-out or a long distance trek.  Next, we'll teach you how to read a map.  Not all maps are intended for backpacking use and you want to make sure to have the right one.

Well also teach you the types of compasses and why a good navigational compass is crucial.  Then, once you understand how the compass works you'll learn how to integrate the compass with your maps.  This step is crucial because if you're ever lost being able to triangulate your position is how to un-$#@! yourself.

Lastly, we'll teach you the art of terrain navigation.  Sometimes the shortest distance between two points isn't a straight line.

Duration:  1-Day

Departs:  Various locations depending on the time of year.

Includes:  Instructors; Maps/Compass

Not-Included:  Personal insurance and expenses, Pre- or post-trip lodging, Transportation, Meals (you must bring your own water, snacks & lunch)

Cost:  $50/person

Note about itinerary changes: We do our best to operate each trip as closely as possible to the published itinerary, however there are sometimes forces outside of our control that could require us to make adjustments to the operations of a trip. These include but are not limited to weather, natural disasters, road closures, park closures, campsite availability, emergency guest illness or injury.


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Backpacking is a very challenging endeavor and each route will require a certain level of fitness, capability and in some cases, experience.  Our goal is to ensure that you do not get in over your head to the extent it requires an evacuation.  Our staff is eager to work with you to put together the adventure that's best for you and your group.


You'll want to wear clothing appropriate for the weather & temperature.  Make sure to check the forecast prior to arriving.  You'll also want to wear good footwear.  You will be hiking, sometimes bushwhacking, so make sure to wear the appropriate shoes or boots.

Lastly, you'll also want to make sure you have a good day-pack, at least 3L of water, snacks and a hearty lunch.




Arizona Backpacking Company