SWEETWATER COUNTY — Dick Blust from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with the Sweetwater County Library System to help prepare community members on back country navigation.
Blust’s Back Country Navigation Class will be held once a month starting in May at one of the libraries. The first class is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at White Mountain Library in Rock Springs. The classes are free of charge.
Blust is an expert in back country navigation. He has provided training in the subject for law enforcement, search and rescue, and those who love the outdoors for nearly 20 years in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Washington.
The class will cover topographic map reading, map scales, understanding and working with the seven terrain features, selecting a GPS, route planning, getting out of trouble and staying out of trouble, and more.
Blust will provide everything needed for the class, including a handout package. He encourages everyone to bring note-taking materials, however. He also encourages class participants to bring their own GPS, compasses and maps, which they will work with throughout the course of the day.
Blust will present seven classes in all. All will be on Saturdays from 8 to 5 p.m. Here’s a complete list of the dates and locations:
May 3, White Mountain Library
June 14, Sweetwater County Library in Green River
July 19, Sweetwater County Library in Green River
August 16, Rock Springs Library
September 13, Rock Springs Library
October 18, Sweetwater County Library in Green River
For more information about Sweetwater County Library System events, visit the library system website at sweetwaterlibraries.com or follow the Sweetwater County Library System on Facebook at facebook.com/sweetlibraries.