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Free Navigation Noodle in the Badlands

January Noodle with ONDA


Outing:                       Traditional Navigation Noodle in The Badlands, 16 miles east of Bend
Dates and Times:    A Saturday, from 9am to about 3pm
Meeting Place:         Near The Badlands WSA, please register for details
Leader:                      Robert Speik
Cost:                           FREE

We will use the basic skills needed to go off trail in the backcountry. This is a field experience for those who have studied the map, compass and optional GPS skills of the backcountry navigator.  Also, it is a good beginning experience for those who may not know that they don't know the first thing about modern traditional land navigation.

I have purchased a few USGS Horse Ridge Quad maps of The Badlands for those who need them. You can buy them from me at $7.00, the actual retail price that I paid. The map is a must for any real explorations of this desert Wilderness. Bring your own topo Quad map(s), declination adjusted baseplate compass and optional GPS of course!

We will learn about the practical use of map, compass and GPS together, in this Navigation Noodle in the Badlands. This will involve walking as a group, working in pairs or threes to solve practical navigation problems presented by the unique terrain of The Badlands area. We may walk as much as seven miles over the course of the day over desert sand and jeep trails. Dress in layers as we will stop and find ourselves many times during the seven mile walk.

You will need lug soled hiking shoes or very light boots, light low sand gators if you have them, two quarts of water and a light high carbo lunch. Dress for the forecast weather and carry a day pack with the light and fast Ten Essential Systems. Trekking Poles are not an advantage as we will not be gaining any elevation.

The outing is limited to 10 folks who have reserved in advance. No dogs please.  We will practice Leave No Trace Wilderness Ethics® in The Badlands.

Phone calls to Bob at 541-385-0445 in Bend with any questions, or email:




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