Navigation Field Trip

Heybrook Ridge

NOVEMBER 11, 2006  A field trip for a Mountaineers class.  It was just after 7:00 a.m. when our class hiked up Heybrook Ridge to spend the day demonstrating our new navigation skills in the rain.  After a brief rest at the lookout tower, we hiked on to a clear cut area where we took bearings on stumps, completed story problems, and followed a bearing through wet brush and trees for about 1/8 of a mile.  Our brief lunch break included more lessons on finding our position using map, compass, and looking at the surrounding terrain (most of which was hidden by fog).  Another hike took us further up the ridge, where we were launched on a longer cross-country navigation exercise through rugged terrain, during which the conditions included rain, hail, and lots of mud.  The Mountaineers advises that "The exercise often occurs in good weather, but may be an even better (more realistic) learning experience in bad weather.  The field trip goes rain or sleet or shine."  I have yet to talk to a Mountaineer who participated in the navigation field trip in good weather, but they all have fond memories of the experience.