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How To Navigate the Sipsey Wilderness

February 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the New Year and get prepared with a class on map reading and wilderness navigation! Your safety depends on this!

Have you ever wondered what those funny lines and symbols are on a topographic map?

Do you feel you could safely navigate the Sipsey Wilderness if you were lost?

Would you like to hone your map reading skills and learn how to navigate specifically within the Sipsey Wilderness?

Join Wild South staff and volunteers for a morning of learning and then venture off to the Sipsey Wilderness for a brief test of your newly acquired skills.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a map & compass class. Stay tuned for that!

After this class you should be able to:

  • Understand a topographic map
  • Become aware of basic methods of wilderness navigation
  • Understand the unique terrain of the Sipsey Wilderness and surrounding Bankhead National Forest
  • What to do if you find yourself lost or turned around in the Sipsey Wilderness
  • Know where and how to access all 7 Sipsey Wilderness trailheads
  • Understand the difference between a system and user made trail


When: Sunday, February 2nd

Time: 9 am until 4 pm

Where: Wild South office on the square in downtown Moulton followed by a short hike in the Bankhead National Forest.

What to bring: Dress as if you were going on a day hike. All other supplies and materials will be provided.

Cost: There is no cost but donations will be accepted in our office. The course will include a Carto-Craft Sipsey Wilderness map which we normally sell for $10. All donations go to support ALOE (Alabama Outreach and Education Fund). We accept cash, check or credit card for donations.

Limit: 8 (we will split into two groups when visiting the wilderness if necessary)

Contact: For questions contact Kim Waites at kim@wildsouth.org


February 2, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wild South
552 Lawrence Street
Moulton, AL 35650 United States
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