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Beaver Creek Hiking Center offers map and compass workshop

BEAVER CREEK ” The Beaver Creek Hiking Center and Suunto are teaming up once again to offer a map and compass “Navigational Skills” workshop on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Beaver Creek Hiking Center. Led by Beaver Creek Hiking Center guide and retired U.K. Army Colonel Nick Fickling, this workshop features an introduction to map, compass and GPS skills and is a good class for anyone interested in venturing out into the backcountry.

“The demand for a course of this kind is really encouraging,” said Nate Goldberg, Beaver Creek Hiking Center director. “People want to get out into the backcountry, and they want to carry a certain amount of knowledge with them when they’re exploring. This workshop helps them take that first step.”

With years of theoretical and practical experience in navigation and mapping under his belt, Fickling is the ideal instructor for this program.

“Nick is just a fountain of knowledge on this topic,” Goldberg said. “We’re so fortunate to have him in the valley and on our hiking center staff.”

Fickling’s 26 year military career included him commanding the British Defense Mapping School at Hermitage and heading the U.S./U.K. mapping and navigation cell in the allied headquarters in Riyadh during the Gulf War. He has won both the individual and team U.K. Army Orienteering Championships, and has competed in numerous orienteering and ski-orienteering events across Europe. Fickling currently works at Beaver Creek as a ski instructor during the winter, and as a hiking guide in the summer.

The Beaver Creek Hiking Center is located adjacent to the lift ticket office at the top of the first escalator in Beaver Creek Village. Cost for the workshop is $30 per person and the session requires a minimum of 4 participants, and a maximum of 18 participants. A lift ticket is required to access the course, which is located at the top of the Centennial Express lift (chair #6) in Beaver Creek; season ski passes are valid for summer rides. Lift tickets can be purchased separately; the cost is $20 for a lift ticket only and $25 for a lift and lunch special. Contact the Beaver Creek Hiking Center for information and registration at 970-754-5373.

What: “Navigational Skills” workshop

Where: Beaver Creek Hiking Center

When: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $30, a lift ticket is also required to access the course.

More information: Contact the Beaver Creek Hiking Center for information and registration at 970-754-5373.

Workshop details: Dress for light outdoor activity. The course is located at Spruce Saddle at the top of the Centennial Express lift in Beaver Creek (chair #6). All activity is weather permitting. Participants may use a season ski pass or lift ticket to access the chairlift. Lift tickets must be purchased separately as needed; cost for a lift ticket is $20, and cost for a lift and lunch special is $25 ($15 goes toward a BBQ following the event).

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