Map Building in the 21st Century

Traditional navigation techniques using map, compass, altimeters and other navigational tools are vital to safe recreation in the backcountry. But in the 21st century, the age of technology, there are extremely powerful, digital tools that supplement traditional practices. This webinar utilizes Caltopo.com, Avenza and Google Hangout to put you in the driver seat to building enhanced maps and unlocking new terrain. This three-part series will blow your mind and enable you to virtually transport to far away destinations, from the comfort of your home.


WEBINAR DETAILS

Commitment: 1-3 Sessions
Approx. Length: 2.5 hrs each

REQUIRED CAPABILITIES

Technology: Computer, Smart Phone
Programs & Apps: Internet access, Avenza App, Google Hangout, Microsoft Excel*

PRICING

1 Session: $59 each
3 Session Bundle: $139

SESSIONS START AT 6PM

Session 1: Thursday, December 8
Session 2: Thursday, December 15
Session 3: Thursday, December 29

SESSION 1

Building Enhanced Maps and Interfacing with Avenza PDF

  • Generate GPS enabled, topographic maps of any location in the world
  • Import and Export .gpx and .kml files
  • Customize the look and feel of their maps to suit their desired needs
  • Share maps with friends and family instantly

Instructional Objectives

  1. Introduction to Caltopo.com
    • Discover map layers and customization
    • Adding identifying markers, images, etc.
    • Importing and exporting .kml and .gpx files
    • Print to geospatial PDF
  2. Introduction to Avenza
    • Discover multiple methods for importing maps
    • Understanding the interface
    • Uncover the limitations and capabilities
    • Share maps with others
  3. Integrating the Two
    • Working Session: Build A Map
    • Field Test: Following A GPS track
    • Field Test: Generating a GPS track

    SESSION 2

    Google Earth & Other Technology Integrations

    • Import Maps into Google Earth
    • Import .gpx and .kml files into Google Earth
    • Browse 3D terrain with map and tracks visible
    • Virtually follow the GPS tracks in Google Earth simulation

    Instructional Objectives

    1. Introduction to Google Earth
      • Discover capabilities of Google Earth
      • Explore different views available
      • Travel to any destination in the world
    2. Integrate PDF Maps
      • Import PDF maps
      • Import GPS tracks
      • Virtually travel your tracks
    3. Integrating Other Technology
      • Using GPS technology to plan a trip
      • Using past data to recall and share trip reports

      SESSION 3

      Creating Trip Plans for Emergency Navigation

      • Generate a working document for navigation
      • Outline key navigational data
      • Establish emergency protocol and plan

      Instructional Objectives

      1. Introduction to Trip Plans
        • Purpose of Trip Plan
        • Key Features
        • How to Use a Trip Plan
      2. Generating a Trip Plan
        • Shooting compass bearings in Caltopo
        • Understanding hiking/moving speeds
        • Using traditional methods to supplement the plan
        • Identifying Emergency Bail Options
      3. Working Session: Generate Your Own Plan

         
        A special thanks to Chauvin Guides International. Your expertise is unparalleled.

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        GENERAL POLICIES

        NEMs Adventure plans and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.

        We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, an NEM credit for the full value is given; however, NEM cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).

        NEM reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if NEM determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program. This includes being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

        SUMMIT ATTEMPT

        Northeast Mountaineering cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities or the abilities of others may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party will have to turn around without reaching the summit. Your program fee entitles you to one summit attempt on your specified dates.

        MINIMUM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

        For our adventures to run as booked, we must have 50% enrollment of the maximum participant allotment. As an example, if the program has a maximum of 8 people then we must have 4 registered participants for the adventure. In the case of low registration, you may be asked to postpone or join another group on a different date. Exceptions may be made but it is at complete discretion of Northeast Mountaineering, its guides and agents.

        RISK MANAGEMENT

        Safety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. NEM guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.

        DOMESTIC ADVENTURES

        Payment in full is due at the time of booking. Cancellations outside of 7 days are fully refundable except for a $50 service fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check.

        BEYOND NEW ENGLAND INCLUDING MOUNT RAINIER

        A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

        INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES

        A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

        CANCELLATION

        There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

        CHANGE OF DATE

        Date changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 3 days prior to your departure date for a $50 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed less than 2 days before departure.