Become a Better Backcountry Navigator

Learn foundational navigation skills to explore the backcountry with confidence

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Welcome Adventurer!

Imagine embarking on your next adventure with a deeper understanding of the various tools for backcountry navigation and the knowledge of how to use them. Imagine understanding how to use observation, logic, and topography to help yourself stay found.

How much more confident would you feel on your next trip into the backcountry?

The Backcountry Navigation course utilizes concise video lessons to guide you step by step through the learning process. Additionally, you'll find supplemental PDFs to help you put the information into action.

If inadequate knowledge of navigational techniques has held you back from getting into the backcountry as much as you'd like, this course is for you.


"Lots of great information! Lessons were easy to follow and loved the additional resources provided!" -Sherry

In this self-paced, 100% online course, you can expect to learn...

  • the proper use of various navigational tools and techniques
  • how to choose and use topographical maps
  • how a compass works and how to pair it with a map for navigational purposes
  • how satellite technology works in a backcountry navigation setting and how to use it to stay found
  • how to use topography and observation to navigate
  • tips for creating a beta packet and familiarizing yourself with your route to mitigate risk
Here's a look at what's included in the course...

Upon enrollment, you’ll have immediate access to all the course materials.

All lessons include…


Downloadable PDF worksheets to help you implement

Access to All Future Updates

(meaning enroll now and you’ll be grandfathered in to future content updates whereas new students will pay increased tuition)

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Your Instructor

Heather Anderson
Heather Anderson

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Heather Anderson—known as Anish on trails—is the only woman who has completed the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails each three times. This includes her historic Calendar Year Triple Crown hike in 2018 when she hiked all three of those trails in one March-November season, making her the first female to do so. She also holds the overall self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pacific Crest Trail (2013), as well as the female self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (2015), and the Arizona Trail (2016). You can read more on her website

She has hiked over 40,000 miles since 2003 including 15 thru-hikes. She is also an avid mountaineer and peakbagger working on several ascent lists in the US and abroad. As a professional speaker, Heather speaks regularly about her adventures and the lessons learned on trail. She is the author of Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home (chronicling her Pacific Crest Trail record) and Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail (2021) about her 2015 AT record.


Who can benefit from the course?

*beginner to intermediate navigators


*day hikers

*section hikers


*active outdoor enthusiasts

Not sure if it’s right for you? Send questions to [email protected]!


As one former student said:

"The cost of potentially having to bail on a hike by not preparing well far outweighs the cost of this course."

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

This course is for the courageous adventurer who...

  • wants to be trail ready when friends invite them on an outdoor adventure
  • is ready to embark on their next adventure with more confidence
  • desires the knowledge of the various backcountry navigational tools and how to use them to stay found

Are you ready to take the next step?

Get started now!

When you purchase and enroll in this course, you agree to our Terms of Use. Please review the document here. There are no refunds for this course. Please be certain you want it before you purchase!

Questions? Concerns?

Feel free to email me directly at [email protected] :)