The 2020 season of navigation weekends is completed. The 2021 season begins in March.
Have you previously attended a MountainSphere 2-day navigation training weekend? Do you want more practise and to take your skills to the next level on a 3 day hike? Do you want to consolidate what you have already learned and become a trip leader competent in wilderness navigation?
The 3 day navigation hike is offered only to those clients who have already attended the MountainSphere 2 day navigation weekend and who want to take their learning and navigation skills to the next level.
Held in the same general area as the 2 day navigation weekend but following a different route, you will rise to new challenges and will discover hidden locations in the wilderness by applying navigation skills already learned.
Your task will be to find places of exceptional natural beauty, hidden in the wilderness, with only a dot on the map given as your clue to its location. Uncover amazing natural rock sculptures, locate idyllic campsites, even discover a little known and rarely visited canyon and an ancient fern glade.
In your 3 day adventure you will consolidate your navigation skills, your leadership skills, and friendships. Work with a small team of like minded people in a wild and undeveloped environment, camp in a wilderness far from anywhere, and return from it invigorated and inspired, and having risen to new challenges.
As with all MountainSphere trips, the primary aim is to have fun, to enjoy and appreciate the bush, and to build friendships.
We all have in common a love for the bush and we see it as a place to go for our personal wellbeing, enjoyment, health, and appreciation of the natural world. Navigation is simply the skill that we deploy to venture into wild places and find our way back again.
Navigation is a leadership role on any bushwalk. Take your navigation skills to the next level and gain confidence as a trip leader. In a small group of like minded people, safely expose yourself to the responsibilities of navigation and leadership, under the oversight and expertise of someone with more than 30 years’ experience in wilderness navigation and leading trips in this specific location.
Being a self-supported bushwalk, idea is that everyone brings their own gear and food for the weekend. Click the button below to review the gear list for this trip.
If you don't have some of the items listed, don't worry, many of the items can be borrowed or rented for a small fee.
This trip is open only to clients who have previously completed a 2 day entry level navigation weekend in the same area. By being admitted on this 3 day hike you will already have demonstrated a good level of competency and fitness on the 2 day navigation weekend.
The three day hike is no harder in terrain, distance and difficulty than the 2 day navigation weekend. However, being a 3 day rather than a 2 day hike, your backpack will be a little heavier owing to the additional food you will be carrying. Apart from this, the level of difficulty is similar.
Regular exercise and prior experience carrying a backpack for overnight camping is required. Regular exercise is taken to mean something that causes you to sweat and become out of breath, carried out at least twice per week. For example, a brisk walk, jog, run, gym workout or sporting activity.
The size of the group will be capped at 6 clients and the trip will not proceed unless a minimum number of 4 clients sign up.
This price is the base price for the guided hike and the navigation training.
Not required if you already have the correct map. Maps can be shared one between two if you are attending with a friend. Maps purchased from MountainSphere are then yours to keep.
The map is printed on high quality weatherproof paper, laminated on the reverse side, and measures approximately 1.1m x 0.6m.
You will need a suitable baseplate compass. If you have your own you may bring it. Otherwise, you may rent or purchase a compass from the list below. If in doubt contact me or check out my compass recommendations below.
A suitable compass will be provided in new or near new condition, and must be returned at the end of the weekend.
The most popular option is to buy a Silva Ranger.
This is a good budget option.
Has additional features and will work anywhere in the world. Popular choice if travelling in both northern and southern hemisphere.
The mirror is a very useful feature on a compass. You will learn how to use it on the course!
This is the best compass on the market, though regrettably it is not always available so may not be in stock. Southern hemisphere only.
You don't need to choose a compass right now anyway. Take your time and check out my detailed compass recommendations by clicking the button below.
Much of the walking is through bush where there is no track. Under normal circumstances there would be a few areas of dense scrub that you need to push through. However, due to recent severe bushfires, the untracked bushland is largely bare of dense vegetation and it is possible to walk through it unimpeded.
The terrain is hilly and steep in places, especially when we enter and exit river and creek gorges.
There are 2 river crossings, as well as a few crossings of smaller creeks. The bush in the vicinity of the creeks and gorges is often dense and difficult to move through. That is why we aim to follow the open and now somewhat denuded ridges instead of creek gorges when walking.
There are one or two places on this walk that involve some basic rock scrambling. The term “rock scrambling” refers to steep and rocky ground where ropes or other protection is not needed however you might be using both your hands and feet to climb or descend. Your hands and arms are not needed to support your weight in any way however you may use your hands for balance and added support to climb or descend. There are a couple of places on this walk where this technique is used. It is well within the capabilities of people unfamiliar with this sort of terrain.
There is one short route used to exit and enter the camping area where a rope will be setup to allow you to climb and descend easily. Use of this route is entirely optional and an alternative route exists which does not require rope or rock scrambling. People of all ages and abilities have used this scrambling route successfully.
On Day 1 and 3 we must cross the Wollangambe River. The crossing is at a different place on each day. The width of the river at the crossing point is only about 2-3 metres. The depth of the river is below knee deep. The riverbed is comprised of smooth stones which may be slippery.
Crossing the river is simply a matter of wading for a few steps through water that is above your ankles but below your knees.
Don't hesitate to write to me if you are unsure if the trip is suitable for you.