The skills of reading a map and using a compass are an essential for bushwalking, and having these skills means relying less on your phone and being stuck when it runs out of battery or loses signal. Knowing the basics will also give you the confidence to be out on your own or tackle a new walk with friends, and will give you the knowledge to start learning more about navigation and the enthusiasm to get out and about.
This training day walk is for people who have limited navigation skills and would like to upskill.
This event will be held in bushland an hour and a half west of Melbourne where we will build your skills. We will provide a topographic map of the area and a compass (if you don’t have one) and after a briefing to go over some of the basics and a summary of the walk, we will head off into the bush to test out your skills under the guidance of our instructors. This walk will be a variety of both on and off-track with full reliance on our navigation skills to get to certain pre-marked features and challenges. This isn’t a race or competition, just a fun day out walking through the forest to learn and apply the essential skills of navigation using a map and compass.
This informative day out entails the best of hiking and navigation so join our experienced guides and get out of your comfort zone with people you can trust.
Come along on your own, or bring a friend or family member. It doesn’t matter who you are or your level of knowledge, we want to encourage more people to get out, make new friends, and have a great day outside learning, connecting with nature, enjoying good conversation and feeling fit and healthy. We have walkers of all ages, from 70’s all the way down to kids. Our qualified and encouraging staff lead your day out and feed you yummy healthy food, so come along and feel safe, supported and try our famous lemon slice and protein balls.
One of the most common questions we get asked is “ Can I come on the trip by myself?”
Most of the people that come on our tours come by themselves. Our community is built on friendships that have been made on our trips, experiencing something life changing together, the shared memories and also goals to do more in the future!
We encourage people not to be anxious about coming on these trips by yourself as we promise you will leave with some like minded friends and be really glad you made the decision to get out of your comfort zone and join in.
Our community is our backbone. We have had so many people start with no hiking experience, basic fitness and not knowing anyone on our trips. These same people have gone on to do some incredible multi day hiking trips with us and their friends they have met in our community. Witnessing the development of their fitness, confidence, experience, friendships and happiness is why we do what we do. Come join us and let us help you get from the couch to the top of the mountain!
Experiences, not things. The moments that take your breath away. The feeling of accomplishment and the realisation that you are capable of so much more than what you thought. The views that blow your mind and the ticking off of bucket list items. We take all the hard work out of it for you- we organise the lot so you can just turn up and get the best of your experience without all the headaches of organising/logistics. We make it easy for you to do all the things you want to do- you just need to turn up and be ready to jump into life!