Intensive Navigation Coaching

By Appointment
Charlottesville, Virginia

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Calling all adventure racing soloists, and teams or lead navigators who know their navigation skills are keeping them from getting to the next level.    

If you can read a topographical map and land features, but are not making the best route choices or moving at the speeds you would like, you might wonder how the top teams are doing it. This intensive navigation coaching is for YOU!

Ronny Angell will show a small group of three how he navigates and races during the foot orienteering sections.  This class will incorporate day and mostly night navigation. We will be going to an area that Ronny has not seen before. This will allow for a true teaching experience as the group watches and learn how Ronny attacks different points and race strategies in an unfamiliar setting, like a race! Come prepared as if you were doing a 24 hour Odyssey Adventure Race or another adventure race, with all the mandatory gear, food and water. Your pack should be loaded. This is optional but it will give you an opportunity to fine-tune your systems. This weight will best simulate a race weight pack, true race pace and a race mindset.

Ronny will show how to plot points and route assess as quickly as possible. Once the points are plotted, we will move as fast as we can with Ronny leading the first hour (longer if need be) to show the skills and teamwork to be a successful adventure racing team. Team members will alternate the roles of main navigator, second navigator, pace and time, and food and water (Ronny will handle this role once the group is navigating). We will pace count to each point, use altimeter, establish attack points, catch features and backstops, use land features, and learn how to communicate seamlessly.

Knowledge from 12 years of adventure racing, mostly as the lead navigator, and tips learned by talking and seeing the best navigators in the sport of adventure racing will be at your fingertips ready to be accessed. Come armed with questions, an open mind, and the want and drive to compete at the best of your ability.

Be prepared to tow, be towed, carry extra weight, give up your pack, and whatever is need to move the team forward. Ronny will watch and teach as you navigate through the woods working as the lead navigator and the other roles associated with being a successful team. He will make sure you understand your role and the tips to making it as easy as possible. You never know when you are bonking, so all you can do is listen for your watch to go off and tell the team when to drink and eat.  Each role is very important to the success of the team.

Bring a GPS if you have one. Ronny will show you how to use it to practice your land navigation.

The class will be held outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. All details will be given when you register for the event.

It is highly recommended that you have attended an advanced navigation class, raced some adventure races or rogaines, or feel comfortable navigating. If you are not in this comfort zone and want to learn more, attend the Odyssey Land Navigation Clinic and /or Odyssey Advanced Navigation Clinic.


Details will be given once registered


Trek 10-12 miles


6 Hours


Trekking, Orienteering




Dynamic instruction



Details will be given once registered




None are required. This coaching session will meet the requirements needed for a navigation certification for expedition adventure races.

Support Crews

This race is unsupported. No support crew is required.


Recommend but not required

Personal - To be carried by each competitor during the entire event

  • Food, drinks, and electrolyte replacement
  • Lighter
  • Compass (1 per every 2 competitors on a team)
  • Knife, within easy reach, minimum blade of 2.5", folding OK
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone (1 per every 2 competitors on a team) - fully charged
  • Synthetic, moisture-wicking (i.e. Under Armour, Capilene) midweight long-sleeve top
  • Synthetic, moisture-wicking (i.e. Under Armour, Capilene) midweight long leg bottoms
  • Waterproof top and pants with taped or sealed seams - NO ponchos
  • Long-sleeve fleece or wool top
  • Fleece or wool hat
  • Space blanket
  • Headlamp with extra batteries for minimum of 12 hrs
  • Money for emergencies

Team - To be carried by each competitor during the entire event

  • Trowel (For burying human waste in catholes 6-8 inches deep at least 200 ft from water, camp, or trails)
  • (1) Emergency first aid kit as indicated below
  • (1) Small waterproof dry bag (or more than one is even better) for the safekeeping of your cell phone

Emergency First Aid Kit - to be carried by each team/soloist at all times

  • 4 doses of pain/fever medication (Ibuprofen/Tylenol)
  • (4) Betadine, iodine or alcohol swabs
  • (4) standard Bandaids
  • Iodine tablets for water purification
  • (1) 3" ACE Bandage
  • (4) 4"x4" gauze pads
  • Medical tape or duct tape
  • Antibiotic cream: i.e. Neosporin
  • (1) pair of latex surgical gloves
  • EpiPens are strongly recommended for individuals with allergies to insect stings, etc.

The brand names are cited as references and may be replaced by an equivalent product. This mandatory emergency first aid kit will be checked at certain points in the competition. This is a minimal treatment list. We recommend you carry the amounts of medical supplies needed to treat/remedy illness or injury for 30 hours.


What is the scale of the maps?
The maps will be 1:24,000 scale maps.

When will we get our maps and rules of travel?
You will get your maps and rules of travel when we meet.


Thank you for your interest in the Odyssey Intensive Navigation Coaching, presented by Next Level Coaching and Fitness. Ronny Angell will be the instructor for this event. The cost is $400/person.

A minimum of 2 people will be required to hold the clinic. No refunds will be allowed unless clinic is canceled. Payments can be rolled over to another navigation clinic, if clinic is canceled.

Maximum of 3 people.

We offer two methods of payment. One option is mailing in a check. Make check payable to:

Ronny Angell

Send to:

PO Box 464

Salem, VA 24153

The payment will need to be received no later than 7 days before the start of the event. If you choose this option contact Ronny at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability.

The second option is with a credit card through Pay Pal. Click the “Buy Now” button to pay online. There will be a processing charge of $11.60. Note which date you will be attending.

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* No Odyssey Discounts or Credits can be used with this event.