Navigate | Route Plan | Terrain Analysis
Welcome to the online course that teaches anyone going into the backcountry how to be prepared to navigate, create route plans, and perform a detailed terrain analysis of an avalanche environment.
Let’s look at the terrain a little differently this winter.
I have always been really intimidated by maps and entering new zones but after taking Dave's course, I feel like I have a really solid grasp on the tools to make better decisions and stay safe when stepping out into the mountains. I look forward to heading into new backcountry zones with more confidence and a whole new perspective thanks to the tools and skills I have learned!
"I've been navigating professionally in backcountry for decades, thought I had a good handle on how to get things done, but the Backcountry Nav course really surprised me with how much better I can be!"
"You just gave me the keys to the mountains I have been missing."
"The Backcountry Nav course showed me what modern navigation tools are capable of. The skills I learned will enable me to make more informed decisions in the backcountry."
Understanding how to read and use maps is a huge piece of the puzzle. David holds the keys to the magic kingdom of mapping, and will open doors for you that you didn't even know existed. His course will help you feel comfortable stepping off the beaten skin track and exploring new terrain. Let your eyes be opened to a whole new world!
The Backcountry Nav Course is an important part of a learning progression for anyone heading into avalanche terrain. Tour planning takes time and practice. While it is introduced in most recreational avalanche courses, most people would probably agree that more time could be spent on practicing applying the avalanche forecast to planning a route. Dave does a great job of introducing participants to some great mapping tools, he provides a repeatable process and checklist, and is there to provide guidance while practicing these skills.
"Although virtual, it felt as close to in-person learning as I have experienced in the past two years. The class embraces a welcome methodology that worked for me as a learner."
After Dave’s course, I felt so much more comfortable with the idea of exploring new areas I had never been to. Knowing how to thoroughly choose a safe route through new terrain will help me everyday out in the mountains!