2023 Dates Available

Best Navigation Training Available

"Skills gained gave me the confidence to go out to the backcountry alone…" — CWN Graduate
Group Map and Compass Training Following a Compass Bearing
"…the skills taught progressively take you from knowing next to nothing to being confidant in wilderness navigation." — CWN Graduate

Complete Wilderness Navigation (CWN) allows you to Really Learn Hands-on Wilderness Route Finding in both Forests & Mountains. This one-of-a-kind Professionally Taught Wilderness Navigation Course covers the entire content of the Navigation Core Seminar, Navigation Field Session and Navigation Mountain Session all in 5 Exciting Days. BWI Keeps Classes Small, no more than 6 Participants so you can really learn and master wilderness navigation.

"Being in the mountains, Navigating with all the tools, the Night Navigation!" — CWN Graduate

Hands-on Map and Compass Skills

"No bullshit, straight goods – Practicality was quintessential!" — CWN Graduate

Complete Wilderness Navigation is a Hands-on Course that Teaches Topographical Map & Air Photos Interpretation, Magnetic Compass, GPS Receiver, Pace Bead & Altimeter Use. Course Covers Contour Interpretation, Route Planning, Wilderness Travel Skills, Latitude & Longitude, MGRS & UTM Grid References. Extensive Map and Compass Skills will be practiced including Declination, Inclination, Bearings, Back-bearings, Pacing and Resections.

"Skills learned from the course already helped during an ocean kayak trip. Could not have done it without them." — CWN Graduate
Learning to use a Compass Map Reading Exercise in the Mountains

Emphasis throughout the course is on Wilderness Route Finding, Learning Topographical Interpretation, & Developing Safe Wilderness Travel Skills. The CWN also covers, GPS Programming, GPS Map Integration, Altimeters use, Clinometers use, Night Navigation Techniques and Natural Navigation.

"Take the Courses all at once." — CWN Graduate

Progressive Wilderness Route Finding

This Course allows you to Master Wilderness Route Finding quickly and easily on a 5-days World Class Professionally Run Training Course. During the CWN expect to Learn Constantly and Become Confident in Wilderness Navigation Participants while earning BWI's Navigation Certificate on successful completion. Bruce Zawalsky will be the Principle Instructor for this Course, ensuring a high level of professional instruction.

"Loved the Courses…" — CWN Graduate

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