Did you know that you can practice a vital adventure racing skill nearly every day? As far as I'm concerned, navigation is THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSET on the adventure race course. Sure, fitness and teamwork are the engine, but only good navigation can steer your team to the finish line. So why would the aspiring adventure racer hand over that job to to a computer? Every time you fire up your car's GPS, or ask Siri for directions, you are missing out on a prime opportunity to practice your navigation skills. You don't have to be in the woods, or using a topo map, to improve your sense of direction.
|Team Alpine Shop prepping maps before the 2013 Berryman Adventure.|
|There are so many of these floating around my apartment.|
|Jeff's glorious map! Made from the Gazetteer.|
|Screenshot from a little video I made on top of Shirley Ridge, showing my set-up on the Warbird. Map clip, Jeff's map, Garmin, and a bike computer. Yes I really was going 3.2 mph.|
|Carrie, not-a-murderer-David, and Jeff figuring out how to get back to the car.|
NPR agrees! http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/06/05/319098669/the-gps-in-your-head-may-work-a-lot-better-than-that-phone