ADULT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

ADVENTURE RUNNING NEXT!

 
Have you ever wished that we had ARK for adults? Now we do! Our brand new adult program takes the best parts of our Dontgetlost navigation clinics and our popular Adventure Running Kids program and packages it into a fun 12 week session for those 18+ that are interesting in learning map and compass skills, strategies for maximizing success in Dontgetlost Races and other navigation activities, and how to move confidently through the forest. 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).

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

SPRING 2018 SEASON

The program runs on Thursdays from March 22nd - June 7th and includes 6 1-hour instructional practice sessions (NEXT), 6 informal evening races (X-LEAGUE), and entry into our season ending Jungle 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

DGL NEXT LOCATION MAP

 

DGL NEXT SCHEDULE – SPRING 2018

THURSDAY XCEL

X-LEAGUE

DGL RACE INCLUDED IN NEXT

SUGGESTED RACE NOT INCLUDED IN NEXT

DATE

RACE/TRAINING

LOCATION

Thursday, March 22

NEXT 1

Bayfront Park (Hamilton)

Thursday, March 29

X-league 1

Kerncliff Park (Burlington)

Thursday, April 5

NEXT 2

Rockcliffe Trails (Burlington)

Thursday, April 12

X-league 2

Grindstone Creek (Burlington)

Thursday, April 19

NEXT 3

Spring Valley (Hamilton)

Thursday, April 26

X-league 3

Oakville Park (Oakville)

Sunday, April 29

Raid the Rib

Niagara College (Niagara on the Lake)

Thursday, May 3

NEXT 4

Brant Hills (Burlington)

Thursday, May 10

X-league 4

Gage Park (Hamilton)

Thursday, May 17

NEXT 5

Scenic Woods (Hamilton)

Thursday, May 24

X-league 5

Mohawk College (Hamilton)

Thursday, May 31

NEXT 6

Lowville Park (Lowville)

Thursday, June 7

X-league 6

Dundas Driving Park (Hamilton)

Sunday, June 10

Jungle Adventure Run

New City Park (Burlington)

WINTER 2018 SEASON

The winter season of NEXT will be a little different than the spring and fall seasons. Since the weather is likely to be a bit cold to stay outside, we will alternate each week between our fun X-league races and indoor discussions of different navigation topics paired with an optional fun outdoor workout. The workouts are fun and can be adapted for all abilities. These discussions are appropriate for anyone with a bit of navigation experience to expert navigators. 

Cost: 100$ or $15 for an indivual indoor discussion 

If you would like to come to an individual session, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by12pm on the day of the session and bring 15$ cash.

Indoor sessions will be held at the Churchill Park Clubhouse (167 Cline Ave N, Hamilton).

Time: 6pm optional group workout      7pm indoor discussion and X-League

ARX XCEL/NEXT  SCHEDULE – WINTER 2018

THURSDAY XCEL

X-LEAGUE

DGL RACE INCLUDED

DATE

RACE/TRAINING

DESCRIPTION

TIME

Thursday, January 11

XCEL 1

Improving your Navigation when the Weather is Bad (Optional workout @6pm)

7PM

Thursday, January 18

X-league 1

Pier 7 (Hamilton)

7PM

Thursday, January 25

XCEL 2

Understanding the Map: An in Depth Discussion of Contours and Map Symbols (Optional workout @6pm)

7PM

Thursday, February 1

X-league 2

Westmount Secondary (Hamilton)

7PM

Thursday, February 8

XCEL 3

Route Choice and Route Execution: Being an Efficient Navigator (Optional workout @6pm)

7PM

Thursday, February 15

X-league 3

Hidden Valley (Burlington)

7PM

Thursday, February 22

XCEL 4

Recovering from Errors: What to do When the Navigation Goes Wrong (Optional workout @6pm)

7PM

Thursday, March 1

X-league 4

Lasalle Park (Hamilton)

7PM

Thursday, March 8

XCEL 5

Race Strategies: How to Perform Well in Navigation Races from X-League to the National Champs (Optional workout @6pm)

7PM

Sunday, March 4

Eliminator

Heritage Green (Stoney Creek)

Thursday, March 15

X-league 5

Dundurn Castle (Hamilton)

7PM

 

 

WEEKEND NAVIGATION CLINICS

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

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/intermediat 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.

2018 DONTGETLOST ADVENTURE RUNNING NAVIGATION CLINICS SCHEDULE 

Our 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 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
 

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.


PRIVATE CLINICS

Don't see a date that fits your schedule? We also arrange private clinics. If you have a  bunch of friends that would like to take a course, send us an email.  Find four friends and do the clinic for the regular price.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.us for more information.


CONTACT
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