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Advanced Navigator

Alumni of our navigator course have been pushing us to offer a chance to delve even deeper into navigation skills, and to organize longer, wilder navigation routes. We decided to take it even further: with this course our aim is to use our five decades of experience to offer as high a level of land-navigation training as we possibly can.

About the course

The BOSS Advanced Navigator Course will build on the core skills you’ve learned on the standard BOSS Navigator Courses. It will be intense, and we will use every hour of our field time for instruction and practice. We’ll begin with a very brief review of key topics, then jump right in to the new adventures.

This course will cover a lot. Here are some key parts:
  • Our standard navigation course focuses on either Mountain or Desert terrain. On this course you’ll get some of each.
  • Route planning – in our standard navigation course we give you a lot of information. This time not so much. Students will build on the lessons from your first course and take responsibility for a lot more of the planning.
  • Navigating without advanced maps – for most people GPS is required, for BOSS it’s an unnecessary luxury. In one phase of the Advanced Navigator even your USGS maps are a luxury, and also unnecessary!
  • Figuring out where you are – in our standard navigation course, we practice this mostly from known areas to build your skills. This time, we drop you in an unknown location where you need to figure it out for real.

We’ll want to get everything we can from the days we have in the field, so don’t be surprised to get some review documents to read ahead of time.

About BOSS

Since 1968, BOSS Courses have set the standard for low-technology camping and wilderness hiking techniques, where instruction is conducted with minimal intrusion of modern technology in environments that allow course content to be experienced first-hand. Our commitment to quality and to our core philosophies has earned BOSS its reputation as the survival school to go to when you want to learn from the best in the industry.

Less is More

In line with the BOSS Positive Impact Camping philosophy, the Advanced Navigator course has an emphasis on using renewable, natural resources. Tents, sleeping bags, stoves, backpacks and many other “required” pieces of outdoor equipment are replaced with their low-tech counterparts: a poncho, a blanket, a campfire. The motto here is “Know more, Carry less” and we’ll explore how traditional cultures lived comfortably without modern gadgets like watches, radios, cellphones, etc (which are not allowed). Come learn how back-country travel can be a less intrusive and more harmonious experience.

Course Location

This course takes place in the canyons, mesas, and mountains surrounding Boulder, Utah. All 14 days of the course are in the field, where students learn traditional living skills and the arts of orienteering.

The BOSS Challenge

On the BOSS Navigator course, students will likely hike long distances over the rugged terrain found in Southern Utah’s mountains and desert canyons – sometimes 10 or more miles in one day. The combination of high exertion and moderate rations usually leaves students 5 to 7 pounds leaner at the end of the course. However, please note that rations on the Advanced Navigator course will be more generous than those on our Field courses, and there will be no Impact phase at the beginning of the course.

Health and Safety

BOSS requires that all Navigator course applicants undergo a complete physical examination and receive their physician’s approval in writing prior to final acceptance on the course.

Please keep in mind, despite your physician’s approval and BOSS’s acceptance of you on the course, there are no guarantees.  Health and participation risks (inherent and otherwise) remain. It’s up to you and your physician to determine if a BOSS course is an appropriate choice. All participants must be aware of these risks and embrace them. For more information, please review Health and Safety and Risk at BOSS.


You must be at least 18 to participate in this course.

Food and Diet

All students are provided with BOSS food packs that provide a student with approximately 1500-2000 calories per day — enough to keep you healthy and active for the duration of the course. Students who wish to supplement their diet with wild edibles may do so in a responsible manner and only with instructor permission. Students with allergies or dietary restrictions should contact us before applying.

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