Outdoor Skills: Wilderness Navigation 101

Date and Time

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 8:30AM - 5:30PM


Joe Dodge Lodge,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.


This comprehensive 8 hour course goes far beyond a basic map & compass skills clinic. Morning classroom sessions cover such topics as "Survival/Improvised Navigation", reading topographic maps, understanding the many uses of a compass, triangulation, magnetic declination, and more! After lunch the class will head into the field on a short easy/moderate hike to practice skills learned in the morning session; single point resection, using hand-rails, creating a white-out navigation plan, all with plenty of 1 on 1 coaching and modeling. Skills learned: •Celestial Navigation by sun, stars, moon. •Terrestrial Navigation by vegetation, game trails, glacial evidence •Understanding Topographic Maps; scale, contours, orientation by association •Understanding Compasses: They do so much more than point north! •Finding a bearing on a map •Finding a bearing in the field •Following a bearing in the field •Adjusting for magnetic declination (when & how) •Triangulation, Single Point Resection •Creating a White Out Navigation Plan •Tricks of the trade Instructor: This course will be taught by former US Marine and Mountain Guide David Lottmann. Along with teaching navigation courses from the jungles of South America to the deserts of Africa he spends a fair portion of the year instructing rock climbing, ice climbing, winter mountaineering, and avalanche safety in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $89 member / $101 non-member
*Rates include guided instruction and lunch.

Past participants say...

•"I feel that I learned a tremendous amount of info in one day. Excellent base for navigation skills. Now I just need to get out there and practice!" Participant, 2015 •"Very informative. Guides were helpful with all questions." Participant, 2015

Driving Directions

Driving Directions to Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center Address to enter into GPS: Rt. 16, Gorham, NH 03581 (44.256° N, 71.252° W) From Greater Boston Area: 1. Take I-93 North to NH Rt. 104 East (NH Exit 23). 2. Take Rt. 104 East for 8.3 miles. 3. Turn left on Rt. 3 North for 0.9 miles. 4. Turn right onto Rt. 25 East for 22.6 miles to Rt. 16 North. 5. Turn left onto Rt. 16 North to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge, located on the left side of Rt. 16 approximately 12 miles north of the Glen intersection. Or 1. Take I-95 North to NH Rt. 16 North (NH exit 4) 2. Follow 16 North approximately 90 miles to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge. From Portland, ME: 1. Take Rt. 302 West to Rt. 16 North (at North Conway, N.H.). 2. Take Rt. 16 North 20 miles to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge, on left. From Montreal: 1. Take AutoRt. 10 East to AutoRt. 55 South (north of Magog). 2. Take AutoRt. 55 South to I-91 South (at US/Canada line). 3. Take I-91 South to I-93 South (VT Exit 19). 4. Take I-93 South for 22.2 miles to Rt. 302 East (NH Exit 40). 5. Take Rt. 302 East for 40.1 miles. Turn left onto Rt. 16 North (in Glen, NH). 6. Take Rt. 16 North 20 miles to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge, located on the left. From New York City (and Hartford, CT, or western MA) 1. Take I-95 North to I-91 North (Exit 48). 2. Take I-91 North through MA and VT to Rt. 302 East (VT Exit 17). 3. Take Rt. 302 East to Rt. 16 North (in Glen, N.H.). 4. Take Rt. 16 North 20 miles to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge, located on the left. Approximate driving times and mileage to Pinkham • From Boston, 170 miles, three and a half hours. • From Portland, 80 miles, two and a half hours. • From New York City, 350 miles, eight hours. • From Montreal, 225 miles, three hours and forty-five minutes.

Nav 101


Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Joe Dodge Lodge




Adults (18+)


AMC Guides are passionate about the outdoors and have the skills necessary to ensure safe adventures. Certified in wilderness medicine, with focused training in outdoor leadership and risk management, guides provide individual attention while reaching group goals. They possess local natural and cultural history knowledge and solid backcountry skills, and they follow well-planned itineraries. As lifelong learners, AMC guides create the connections and moments that become lasting memories.