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Postby Scooters » Wed 29 Jul, 2020 4:00 pm

Can anyone recommend a good naviagtion course relatively close to Sydney? One of those things I have never learnt and about time!
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Navigation Courses

Postby FatCanyoner » Wed 29 Jul, 2020 4:37 pm

If you're after a good, practical course practicing map and compass navigation, Ashley Burke is your man. He ran navigation training for the Sydney Uni Bushwalkers for many years and in recent years set up a small guiding business. He runs pretty regular training weekends in the Blue Mountains. Details on his website: https://mountainsphere.com.au/navigation-training

He also has a really detailed online resource he developed that takes you through all the basics of navigation: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~aburke/N ... ntents.htm

Another option is Caro Ryan who runs the Lotsa Fresh Air website (https://lotsafreshair.com/). She's also an extremely active member of the SES Bush Search and Rescue squad. She now runs a map and compass navigation course in partnership with the Blue Mountains Climbing School: https://lotsafreshair.com/product/intro ... avigation/
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Re: Navigation Courses

Postby tastrax » Wed 29 Jul, 2020 4:54 pm

There is also a good guide to map reading and some of the basics at Geoscience Australia

https://d28rz98at9flks.cloudfront.net/1 ... ide_v4.pdf
https://ecat.ga.gov.au/geonetwork/srv/e ... ata/102240
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Re: Navigation Courses

Postby Scooters » Wed 29 Jul, 2020 5:05 pm

FatCanyoner wrote:If you're after a good, practical course practicing map and compass navigation, Ashley Burke is your man. He ran navigation training for the Sydney Uni Bushwalkers for many years and in recent years set up a small guiding business. He runs pretty regular training weekends in the Blue Mountains. Details on his website: https://mountainsphere.com.au/navigation-training

He also has a really detailed online resource he developed that takes you through all the basics of navigation: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~aburke/N ... ntents.htm

Another option is Caro Ryan who runs the Lotsa Fresh Air website (https://lotsafreshair.com/). She's also an extremely active member of the SES Bush Search and Rescue squad. She now runs a map and compass navigation course in partnership with the Blue Mountains Climbing School: https://lotsafreshair.com/product/intro ... avigation/
Awesome, thanks for that! Will look into his course and get up to the mountains.

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Re: Navigation Courses

Postby Ms_Mudd » Sun 02 Aug, 2020 6:07 pm

FatCanyoner wrote:If you're after a good, practical course practicing map and compass navigation, Ashley Burke is your man. He ran navigation training for the Sydney Uni Bushwalkers for many years and in recent years set up a small guiding business. He runs pretty regular training weekends in the Blue Mountains. Details on his website: https://mountainsphere.com.au/navigation-training

He also has a really detailed online resource he developed that takes you through all the basics of navigation: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~aburke/N ... ntents.htm


I second this recommendation. Ashley is fantastic.
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Re: Navigation Courses

Postby wildwanderer » Mon 03 Aug, 2020 8:54 am

Ive heard coast and mountain walkers are running a bush navigation course in September. Free to members or likely those interested in joining the club.

https://www.cmw.asn.au/cmwtripintention ... rogram.php
https://www.cmw.asn.au/home/more/contact-us
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Re: Navigation Courses

Postby Scooters » Sat 08 Aug, 2020 7:18 am

Thanks everyone, appreciate the help. Will look into Ashley's courses and see what is coming up.

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Re: Navigation Courses

Postby rustyjus » Sun 09 Aug, 2020 5:16 pm

I did a 2 day course at the at Australia School of Mountaineering based out of Katoomba (I think they're out the back of Paddy Pallin)

The mornings were spent doing theory and the afternoons were out in the bush doing practical orienteering, triangulation , map reading , GPS etc

The instructor at the time was very knowledgeable and was able to cater to all levels of ability.
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Re: Navigation Courses

Postby wildwanderer » Wed 19 Aug, 2020 7:12 pm

http://www.bogong.com.au/info-sessions-bogong
Free beginner navigation online course by bogong equipment on 29th Aug.

Not as good as field based tutition but would be good for the fundementals.

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