Navigation Courses

You have likely heard to not rely on technology in the backcountry. The more we learn about the human brain, the more we realize how important it is to actively challenge our navigation skills. It keeps our minds strong and also helps to keep us out of trouble. We highly recommend that you become familiar with map reading and how to use a compass by taking our Beginner Navigation Course. This will open up a world of opportunity for you to adventure.

Once you have mastered these basic skills, even a GPS and apps will make more sense and your navigation skills become much stronger.

Partner this course with the Tech Navigation Course. Take your knowledge to the next level and learn how to use modern day technology to navigate in the backcountry.

These courses will be hosted at Castle Mountain Resort, in the heart of the South Canadian Rockies and nestled among the mountains of the West Castle Valley bordering Waterton Lakes National Park.

Navigation Course Details

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The beginner navigation course will focus on map reading and how to use a compass. This is a one and a half day course to give you enough information to understand how to navigate with a topographic map and compass. The first day (evening), we will focus on map reading skills and will be in the classroom. The second day will be a mix of classroom (morning) and being outdoors (afternoon).

The key objectives of the course include:
• Map Reading (legend, scale, grid reference, map symbols, map interpretation)
• How to plan out a route
• Identifying map features in the field
• How to take a compass bearing
• Declination
• Orientating yourself on the map
• Key navigational techniques to help you in the backcountry

The tech navigation course will focus on using modern day technology to navigate. Please ensure you are proficient with your map reading and compass skills when signing up for this course. We will expect that you are familiar with how to do these things and will not be teaching this during this part of the course. There will be a morning session in the class, followed by an afternoon outdoor session.

The key objectives of this course are:
• How to use a GPS and smart phone apps
• Creating waypoints and tracks using these systems
• How to use Google Earth to help with trip planning
• How to create your own topographic maps

RATING: The outdoor portion of the course will require some hiking. It will be easy to moderate hiking.

Is this the adventure for you? This experience is meant for people who have spent time outdoors in the mountains before and want to improve their skills in the backcountry.

Beginner Navigation Course = $145/person
Tech Navigation Course = $125/person


This is optional. However, if you need accommodations, we can hook you up! You have your choice of a hostel or hotel room. There is only so much room available, so please book upon registration. The hostel/hotel is located a 1-minute walk to the classroom at Castle Mountain Resort.

PLEASE NOTE: 4 people minimum for this course to occur; 10 people maximum
Beginner Navigation Course

Day 1 | 6:30pm – 9pm | Castle Mountain Resort in class session
Day 2 | 8am – 4pm | Castle Mountain Resort in class and outdoor session

Tech Navigation Course

Day 1 | 8am – 4pm | Castle Mountain Resort in class and outdoor sessions

• Certified ACMG professional guide
• Coffee or tea
• Discount on hotel/hostel at Castle Mountain Resort (add to your booking on checkout page)


• Food and snacks (a bagged lunch can be added onto your purchase upon checkout)
• Accommodation
• Maps
• Compass
• GPS / smart phone
• Personal equipment (ie backpack, water, outdoor gear)
Beginner Navigation Course
• Maps (map details will be sent out in booking confirmation)
• Compass with an adjustable declination and sighting mirror
• Pencil

Tech Navigation Course
• Smart phone
• Laptop

For Both Courses
• Hiking boots
• Backpack
• Water bottle (at least 1L)
• Warm clothing (weather changes fast in the mountains)
• • Base layer (wick away)
• • Mid-layer (insulative)
• • Outer layer (shell to protect from wind and rain
• • Rain pants
• Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
• Insect repellent (optional)
• Food and snacks
• Camera

For Accommodation (If applicable)
• Towel, if staying in the hostel
• Medications
• Toiletries
• Sleeping wear
• Comfortable shoes
• Comfortable clothing for the evening
• Headlamp (optional)

If you do not have something, we also rent gear.

If you have questions about your gear, please don’t hesitate to ask us ahead of time / before the course starts. We would rather that you come prepared and with the right gear for the adventure.
Must book at least 48 hours in advance.

When do we cancel? We will cancel and give a full refund if the weather is extreme. Examples of extreme weather include 120km continuous winds, heavy snowfall warnings, and severe thunderstorms for the duration of the trip. Examples of extreme weather does not include subzero temperatures or rain.

Uplift Adventures’ waivers are required to be signed before starting the event.

Guests must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis, while out on the adventure. Uplift Adventures has the right to refuse participation if a guest is suspected under the influence. A return or compensation will not be given to the customer.

Please advise Uplift Adventures of any medical conditions or allergies prior to the event.

Cancellation Policy: Must cancel within 48hrs of tour for refund. For group bookings (4+ people), must cancel 7 days prior to event for refund.


Based in Crowsnest Pass, AB

Actively operating in Waterton Lakes National Park & Castle Provincial Parks

Operates throughout the Canadian Rockies

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