MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY HOSTS NAVIGATION WORKSHOP

by Christian Mower on July 13, 2012

EVEN THOUGH SOME HIKERS SOMETIMES USE THEM FOR CALL FOR HELP, CELL PHONES ARE NOT CONSIDERED TO BE ESSENTIAL GEAR BY NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS AND PERSONNEL WITH THE WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST.

IN FACT, THEY AREN’T EVEN LISTED AS NON-ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT.

THE FIRST TWO PIECES OF GEAR THAT ARE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL FOR HIKING IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS – AS LISTED ON THE WEBSITE AT www.hikesafe.com – ARE A MAP AND A COMPASS.

TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO USE THEM, THE NON-PROFIT MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY IS HOLDING AN ALL DAY TRAINING SESSON SATURDAY.

MICHELLE CRUZ – THE OBSERVATORY’S DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, SAYS THE COURSE IS CALLED LAND NAVIGATION 101, AND IT WILL BE DIVIDED BETWEEN A MORNING CLASSROOM SESSION AT THE OBSERVATORY HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH CONWAY AND A PRACTICAL OUTDOOR TRAINING SESSION IN THE AFTERNOON.

DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR OBSERVATORY MEMBERS AND OTHERS WHO ARE SIGNED UP FOR SEEK THE PEAK. PARTICIPANTS NEED TO BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH – WATER AND FOOD FOR THE DAY – AND WEAR PROPER CLOTHING. MAPS AND COMPASSES WILL BE PROVIDED.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORKSHOP, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.mountwashington.org OR CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-706-0432.