Navigating the Rebelle Series, part 1

In this series I will be sharing some of my expertise and knowledge on the skills and gear needed to be well prepared for the Rebelle Rally or other similar navigation events. While this is geared mainly towards new and prospective Rebelles, I hope some of the more experienced competitors will find some tidbits here as well.

First things first – this is not an official information source. I am not in any way affiliated with the Rebelle Rally other than as a competitor. My blog is intended to reflect my experience alone and none of the content is monitored or signed off on by course officials. Take my advice with a grain of salt! This is only meant to teach skills and recommend equipment that may be helpful for competitors in this event, similar events, and your own individual adventures. The regulations and other critical aspects of this competition may change at any time. It is your responsibility to check the rulebook to ensure you are compliant. This can be found at

If there is anything you would like me to write about, please let me know in the comments! I would be happy to answer questions and add to this series.

Here are a couple of great resources for you to check out:

  • Unofficial Prep Facebook Group
  • The Rebelle Rally website (duh)

What I intend to cover:

  • Navigation skills 101
  • Advanced navigation techniques
  • Navigation equipment reviews
  • Hacks to avoid really dumb mistakes when you’re tired
  • Geocaching as practice
  • Be prepared for equipment failure – spares and workarounds
  • Reading a roadbook
  • Getting fast at roadbooks
  • How to practice time-speed-distance
  • Most common navigation mistakes
  • Comprehensive packing list
  • Tips and doodads to make your life easier at camp
  • Tips and doodads to make your life easier in the car
  • What NOT to bring

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