Digital & GAIA Navigation Course with Nathalie Drotar - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020

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The Basics:
Event Type: Course 
Event Location: Webinar (on-line) and Spray Lakes Valley in K-Country 
Date(s) & Time:   Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020 07:00 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Wednesday, Dec 09, 2020 05:00 PM  
Event Duration: 1.5 Days 
Difficulty Rating:   D1 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Ken Chatel

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, All Ages Welcome  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 6
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   3 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No

Dates: Tuesday December 15, 7.00-9.00pm - Online web conference
Saturday December 19, 2020, 9.30am-4pm
Cost: $120.00 (this includes tax) for one day of instruction in the field and one evening of on-line teaching and practice

Course Content:
This is a great course for anyone with some navigation understanding who wants to step it up and dive into the digital world and the GAIA App specifically.
GAIA is a great app that is used by a majority of serious backcountry travellers, guides, professionnels. It is free to download and use and offers multiple functionalities that a modern GPS would offer.

May be you have it on your cell phone already and only use it to see "where you are" but you are unsure of all it has to offer?
You want to plan routes and trips in the backcountry for the ACC, your friends & family but are unsure how? Or you feel intimidated by electronics and the digital world but your are curious and willing to know!? Then this course if for you!

The course is designed to take place at two different times: we will spend one evening (2hrs) via web conference to dig into the GAIA navigation App, how to plan a trip and transfer waypoints from the comfort of your living-room.

At the end of the session, you will get some homework to practice what you've learned then we will meet another time in person (Yay!) to go in the field for a practice day - field day on snowshoes in the Spray Lakes Valley in K-Country.
The skills you will gain with this course will make you 100% more confident planning a new route and venturi into the backcountry with friends and families.
Required Items to Bring:
Transportation to the trailhead - Spray Lakes Valley Kananaskis Snowshoes Mobile phone with GAIA app (this can be downloaded and use for free)
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Recommended Gear: Gloves, Hat, Warm Puffy Jacket, long pants, Layers for variable weather, hiking boots, snowshoes, 1L of water, Lunch.
Dress warm.
The focus of the course will be on brain power and not physical endurance.
We will be stepping over logs and travelling through bush.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:   Nathalie to provide more information to those selected for the course.  

It is a first paid - first on the course registration. The course fee is $120.00 which includes taxes. Please complete the following as soon as possible and we will move you to the attending list.
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About the course leader: Jenna Nodding is an ACMG Hiking Guide and the founder of Get Outside Adventures. To learn more about Jenna, please visit her website at or

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Cancellation Policy as of March 2017 : If a participant is unable to attend a course or paid trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels a trip, participants get a refund (less any non- recoverable costs).
*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. Acceptable waiting list candidates will have priority. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non-recoverable costs). Note that ACC National does not refund hut fees due to weather, delay, closures, or any other reasons. The Calgary Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

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Registration for this event closed on Wednesday, December 09, 2020 at 05:00 PM.