The process or activity of accurately ascertaining one’s position and planning and following a route.
Considered primordial to some, a skill that has been used throughout the world for thousands of years. Once considered by 12th century Hugh of St Victor as one of the seven ‘Artes Mechanicae’. Bringing voyagers, globetrotters and pioneers to the ’edge’ of earth, only to help them see that it is actually round, it has helped us traverse across continents, explore parts of the globe that before it, were only known to the wild, and today, more than ever, navigation leads the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation students to areas off trail, and deep, deep, within the bush.
The students piled into the bus and made their way towards the central highlands of Tasmania. Bronte Park awaited their arrival. The forecast showed flood worthy rain, little to no sun, and temperatures closer to sub zero than double digits. The students knew the journey they were to embark upon was nothing short of an adventure. Luckily, that’s exactly what each and everyone of them signed up for.
We spent a total of four days traversing the highlands of Skullbone Plains. The group was split into two, each with an assessor. We were assessed on our ability to get the group from point A to B in the most efficient manner whilst using a topographical map and a magnetic compass. Upon arriving to the given point, the students were asked to justify their movements and positioning by identifying micro features, distance travelled and techniques used to arrive at their given destination. Students had to demonstrate competency in leading three times to pass the assessment.
After a long cold week, the students hopped back on the bus and made their way back to TasTAFE, where beer and chips became the primary focus of the remaining hours of the day and night.
Till next time!