VIDEO: How Land Nav Training Can Sharpen Your Mind and Body

Physical and mental preparedness are both equally important. If you have the knowledge but can’t execute the skill, you won’t go far. The same is true of the opposite.

In this video, Jason Salyer explains one way that he stays in shape and sharpens his skills. By incorporating his land nav knowledge into a ruck workout, he can polish up his pace count application while getting in a good workout and performing a shakedown of his gear.

What’s a pace count, you ask? It’s the number of steps it takes you to cover a predetermined distance. Once you know your individual pace count, you can use that number to determine how far you’ve traveled. This is useful for plotted points during technical land navigation or for simply tracking your progress throughout a hike.

Jason’s example of working out and practicing your skills with your gear and clothing that you would have during an unexpected survival situation is a great way to see what works and what doesn’t work.

Also, if you need another reason to watch this informative video, his workout partner Maggie is very cute.

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Jason has years of experience as a professional strength and conditioning coach, working with everyone from college athletes to Naval Special Operations. He's also an avid camper, hunter, fisherman, and general outdoorsman. If that isn't enough, he also frequently heads out for long-distance dual-sport motorcycle trips, where his improvisation and survival skills are honed.

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  • Your video had an encouraging effect on me. A year ago I decided to count my paces, but preferred to not do it on city sidewalks. By the time I got to a better place I didn’t have my Ranger Beads with me (and by the way two beads broke in half sitting in a night-dish (actually a short box…apparently they (plastic beads) were glued together and not drilled)–cheapo junk stuff that I had never used. Everything you demonstrated I have used in the past, but never at one location. I don’t walk trails for pleasure, I prefer exploring off-trail. Still knowing one’s pace in different terrains is valuable knowledge, and in my case when I am foraging, because then it helps me plot out a map/compass/paces-location where I might re-find a foraging location on a future trip. I totally forgot about the wheel-measure, most often used to lay-out sports fields. I felt greatly encouraged to practice map/compass/pacing work in a foraging context; and then to go back and determine if I can re-find a foraging site in a simple way (or not)–and all the while enjoying nature..