Wilderness Navigation: Pinkham Notch

Date and Time

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 8:30AM - 5:00PM


Joe Dodge Lodge,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)


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. The field component does include some off-trail travel. 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

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $125 member / $129 non-member
*Includes: Instruction and lunch

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Instruction (Skills)
Specialty 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.


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.