“Which Way Wednesday” features a navigation or trip planning related post every Wednesday.
This week, see some questions from the Wilderness Navigation Challenge - a series of about 80 questions and answers/explanations that cover beginner to intermediate wilderness navigation skills.
It's designed as a teaching tool and for self-evaluation. Every question is followed with an answer and explanation, so you can learn as you go along.
Below are a few sample questions and answers from the challenge. If testing your knowledge and learning more about navigation flips your switch, you can check out the entire navigation challenge here.
Note - at the bottom of the answer slides, you may see a reference for a “Lesson number”. That refers to a youtube video series that covers that topic in detail if you’d like to learn more.
Here’s the video that covers today’s topic.
This week - contours and terrain. Understanding these lets you “read” a topo map.
What’s a saddle look like on a topo map, and why are they useful for climbers?
The contour lines are bending. Does that show a ridgeline or a gully?
I see a closed circle on a topo map. Is that a mountain top, or just a small knoll?
How is the summit of a major mountain indicated on a topo map?