Date(s) - 10/13/2023 - 10/15/2023
MT Ranch & Range (Boulder, MT)
The Land Navigation Map & Compass Course teaches how to utilize and read a topographical map, to convert grid to magnetic, utilize a compass, and to use the MGRS (Military Grid Reference System) to plot a location on a map, and to determine distance on a topo map.
You will cover approximately 10k in distance, or the equivalent of six miles, during the training, some of which will be in rough terrain.
This course requires moderate physically fitness in order to successfully complete the training.
2372 MT Hwy 69
Boulder, MT 59632
***NOTE: Please park along the fence line in front of the large barn at the end of the drive, or in front of the barn itself WITHOUT blocking any gate entrances, other roads or any of the ranch vehicles.
We will meet inside the classroom in the large barn, entering through the white door on the side of the barn.
***NOTE: Be on time. We will start on time and will not wait for those who are late. We will not hold up the class for that one person who always just has to be late to everything and no refunds will be granted because you chose to be late.
Items needed and suggested:
Durable, comfortable shoes or boots adequate for rough terrain are advisable, along with a spare pair of socks.
Clothing adequate for rough terrain and the varied weather conditions possible of the training location. Layers are advisable (Understand that only lightning or severe weather conditions will pause this training).
At least 1 gallons or 3.5 liters of water per day, with more available is advisable.
A Camelback or similar water carrying devices, able to hold a minimum of two quarts or two liters on your person.
A brimmed hat for sun protection.
Gloves for protection against rocks or severe weather.
Sun block and/or bug repellent
A brand new, Cammenga 3H G.I. Military Tritium Lensatic Compass and protractor will be provided for you to use and keep after this course.
NOTE: If you bring your own compass / protractor to this course, it needs to be a quality compass similar to the one listed above, and not a cheap, knock-off compass. Also, if you bring your own quality compass (listed just above or of similar quality), you will not be charged the full price as those who need to purchase one for this course.
Items NOT allowed in this course:
– Absolutely NO firearms by attendees, unless having attended a previous Defenders USA handgun course or of similar higher-quality, proven handgun training we confidently know means you’ve engaged is excellent training and should have the handling skills needed to bring a handgun to this course (please contact us prior to this course if you have questions in this area).
– A cheap, knock-off compass (see above)
– A GPS unit
This Land Navigation Map & Compass Course will be taught by Rick L., who is the lead instructor and former U.S. Army Ranger with Defenders USA and expert in the area of instructing land navigation courses.
Rick’s bio can be found on the Defenders USA website under the “About Us” tab.
The training schedule is as follows:
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Topographic Map (Class Room)
8:00 – 10:00 am
Converting Azimuth (Class Room)
Coordinate using MGRS
10:00 – 11:00 am
Establishing a Personal Training Area
Pace Count 100 meters – 1000 meters
11:00 am -12:00 pm
Lensatic Compass (Class Room)
12:00 -1:00 pm
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Compass Course (Training Area)
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Cadre Lead Compass (Training Area)
9:00 am -12:00 pm
Practice Navigation (Training Area)
12:00 – 12:45 pm
12:45 – 5:00 pm
Navigation Test (Training Area)
Feel free to contact the Instructor Rick L. or Adam Winch with any questions relating to this course. We look forward to this training with you!