ADULT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

ADVENTURE RUNNING NEXT!

 
DGL NEXT is a program for those 18+ that would like to improve their navigation and have fun in the woods.

The training takes place in a different location between Oakville and Hamilton each week and alternates each week between instructor led navigation activities and X-league (our low-key weeknight navigation races).

FALL 2018 SEASON

The  program runs on Thursdays from September 13-November 29 and includes 6 1-hour instructional practice sessions (NEXT), 6 informal evening races (X-LEAGUE), and entry into our season ending Icebreaker Adventure Run race. 

We are offering 3 levels of instruction so everyone (from complete beginners to very experienced navigators who just want to keep their skills fresh) can participate. The levels are not set in stone, so if you feel that you are not in the right one after a couple of weeks there is room to move.

Beginner (6-7pm on NEXT NIGHTS) - Perfect for people who have never done much navigation. We will start at the very beginning of compass skills, map interpretation, distance control, and travelling efficiently through the forest

Intermediate (7-8pm on NEXT NIGHTS) - Perfect for those who have done some navigation races or clinics but want to perfect some of their skills and learn strategies for navigating with more precision and fewer errors

Advanced (7-8pm on NEXT NIGHTS) - Perfect for experienced navigators who can get through most technical navigation challenges without too many problems. The advanced program will given you the opportunity to keep your skills sharp, challenge your abilities with tricky exercises, and try new advanced techniques.

X-LEAGUE races will always start at 7PM and last between 30-45 minutes.

Cost: $115

 

ARX XCEL/DGL NEXT SCHEDULE – FALL 2018

THURSDAY XCEL/NEXT

X-LEAGUE

DGL RACE

DATE

RACE/TRAINING

LOCATION

Thursday, September 13

XCEL 1

Heritage Green Park, East Hamilton

Thursday, September 20

X-league 1

Clappison Woods, Burlington- 

Thursday, September 27

XCEL 2

Sanctuary Park, Dundas

Friday, September 28

Corn Maze Race

Hanes Corn Maze, Dundas

Thursday, October 4

X-league 2

16 Mile Creek, Oakville

October 5-8

Ottawa O-Fest and Ontario Championships

Wakefield, Quebec

Thursday, October 11

XCEL 3

Dundurn Stairs, Hamilton

Thursday, October 18

X-league 3

Olympic Park, Hamilton-South Parking lot off of Scenic Drive near Lavander Dr

Sunday, October 21

Peak-2-Peak

Dundas

Thursday, October 25

XCEL 4

Spring Valley, Ancaster

Thursday, November 1

X-league 4

Bronte Harbour, Oakville

Thursday, November 8

XCEL 5

McMaster University, Hamilton

Sunday, November 11

Raid the Hammer

Waterdown, Burlington

Thursday, November 15

X-league 5

King’s Forest Golf Course, Hamilton

Thursday, November 22

XCEL 6

Tyandaga Golf Course, Burlington

Thursday, November 29

X-league 6

Chedoke Golf Course, Hamilton

Sunday, December 2

Icebreaker Adventure Run

Camp Manitou, Milton

 

WEEKEND NAVIGATION CLINICS

Registration fees include maps, hand-outs, insurance, park entrance fees, HST and online registration fee.

2018 DONTGETLOST ADVENTURE RUNNING NAVIGATION CLINICS SCHEDULE 

Our scheduled weekend clinics have been replaced by our weeknight programs.
If you would like to arrange for a private clinic, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note, we already offer a large amount of programming and may have limited availability for these clinics.
 
LOCATIONS
We can accommodate clinic requests in the Golden Horseshoe Area of Southern Ontario
 
NAVIGATION

Navigation is the skill of finding your way from a place where you are to a place where you want to be. Knowing that navigation is the most important skill in the sports of adventure running, adventure racing and orienteering, DontGetLost Adventure Running have developed Canada's most innovative and hands-on navigation clinics. Over 3,000 people have taken our clinics and seminars in the last few years including novice outdoors people, gnarly weekend warriors, and professional adventure racers.

INNOVATIVE MAPS
The map is the most important piece of equipment in adventure running, adventure racing and orienteering and this is certainly the case when learning to navigate. Accordingly, we believe that your first experience in learning to navigate MUST be on a map of high quality with a large scale (e.g., 1:10,000). Our cartographers have developed a series of innovative maps for our adventure racing clinics. Our maps are high quality, accurate, and do not require declination. Map accuracy and detail is decreased (and declination added in) for the higher level adventure racing navigation clinics to mimic adventure racing map quality. We are the only navigation clinics in Canada that match map quality with participant skill level development.
 
NAVIGATION SKILLS DEVELOPMENT & SMART LEARNING
Successful navigation requires skills and confidence development. In our intro/intermediate participants learn navigation basics on a high quality map and gain important self confidence towards their sense of direction. As participant navigation skills develop through the upper levels, the participants are more prepared for the challenges of our inaccurate topographical maps and more prepared to learn the many navigation strategies taught by our certified coaches. Our clinics are designed and taught by international level adventure runners - the best navigators in the country. Our instructors are nationally certified coaches and officials and design adventure and orienteering race courses.

NAVIGATION 101: INTRODUCTION TO NAVIGATION/INTERMEDIATE NAVIGATION SKILLS
Navigation 101 clinics are designed for all outdoor enthusiasts including adventure racers, back country skiers, kayakers, hikers, trekkers, and orienteerers. We recommend that all members of a trekking group or adventure racing team know basic navigation when going into the wilderness - not only will your adventure be more enjoyable but it will increase group and team morale and safety.

Learn the basics of map and compass skills in the first 2 hours of this clinic. Learn to read and understand maps, map legends and scales.  Basic compass skills will be introduced, for map orientation and introductory bearings. Preparatory route selection and relocation techniques will be covered.
 
The second half of the clinic introduces concepts and strategies for improving your basic navigation skills.
Learn about handrails, catching features and attack points. Practice “aiming-off”, “attacking from above” and “contouring.” Learn about pace counting and distance judgment. Relocation techniques are practiced in the woods. Discover how planning ahead can help you stay on track. The role of the navigator is also presented. WE DO NOT COVER GPS SKILLS.
 
PRE-REQUISITE: None.
 
COST: $100/person (4 hours in length).  Cost includes compass rentals, maps, and clinic handouts. Please bring a signed waiver with you to the clinic.
 
EQUIPMENT: Compass (or borrow one of ours), sun screen, bug spray, running shoes or hiking shoes, hiking attire.  Any changes to the equipment list will be sent to you before your clinic.

CANCELLATION

Clinics with fewer than 3 participants will be cancelled or rescheduled. Clinics will also be cancelled if the weather is colder than -15C or -20C windchill.