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Mountain GPS navigation

Basic course of practical offline field GPS navigation

Read the details on this Cours in FAQ section

To be honest, I am amazed at how, with so many openly aggressive external factors, we manage to continue our existence without thinking about how many threats we face every second.

Экран программы Google Earth с записанным треком и точками восхождения на Охос дель Саладо


A good reason to believe in the presence of a Guardian Angel... Nevertheless, trusting in God, one should not do a mistake oneself - this is folk wisdom. And the Angel will be grateful to you if you try to solve some of your issues with your own safety on your own.

That's why I present to you the following opportunity:

Take with me an online course of 4 lessons on field GPS navigation. Each lesson of the course is 1.5 hours, in individual format or in a small group. Available In Engrlish / Spanish

Who needs this course:

- lovers of any activity outside the LTE coverage area
- tourists, climbers, skiers, hunters and fishermen
- lovers of 4x4, ATVs, mountain bikes

Who does not need a course:

- those who can deal with the list of topics below. Or already figured that out – my respect!
- those who do not plan to move away from their sofa more than a line-of-sight distance
- those who do not care at all about their personal safety and peace of their loved ones

What's inside the course (can be adjusted according to personal requests):

1. Conditions under which there is a need to use an offline navigator. Security basics when using any GPS navigator.
2. General information about modern navigation systems, principles of operation of GPS.
3. Choosing the optimal device for offline field navigation.
4. Features of using the phone as a portable GPS navigator (Android only).
5. Overview of the main Android applications for online and offline navigation, comparison and features of these software.
6. Overview of the software - the leader in the offline navigation segment
7. Correct selection and loading of the maps. Map format for Locus
8. Determining your location relative to the loaded map, the necessary phone settings
9. Determining the azimuth, direction to the object, distance to the object
10. Setting/editing waypoints
11. Record/edit track
12. Download / upload / share geodetic data
13. Planning and building the routes on the phone or desktop, navigation data synchronization.
14. Using downloaded data for navigation.
15. External data sources, coordinate formats
16. Synchronization with other navigation software - Google Earth, Google Maps, Ozi Explorer (classic of the genre)

The cost of one lesson of the course in the online format is 80 Euro.

The cost and the possibility of an instructor leaving for a lesson on the terrain - ask


The use of electronic navigation systems in all kinds of active life is becoming more and more popular. The traditional tourist compass has been replaced by a new generation of devices that allows you to determine your location anywhere in the world with an accuracy of several meters. We are talking about the global satellite navigation system GPS (General Peleng System).

Using your phone as a portable offline navigator

As a rule, civilian devices for navigation are easy to operate, compact and reliable. But for many people, the simplicity of GPS devices is misleading. They believe that it is enough to have a GPS navigator with them, and if necessary, one can always understand what to do with it. This is a very dangerous mistake. It is necessary to have good skills in using GPS, only in this case you will be safe in the wild. Otherwise, if you are not properly trained, GPS  device does more harm than good, as its presence inspires illusory confidence in your own safety.

The purpose of this practical course is to give you confident skills in using GPS device or applications in the real field conditions.

Author of the Navigation Course, text and photos - Alex Trubachev


Our Principles

AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.