Many people point to the navigation aspect of adventure racing as being both the most interesting and most intimidating. For the new racers, most sprint races do not include any navigation. Navigation on endurance-length races tend to only require basic map reading skill. Only on 24 Hour+ races to more advanced skills, such as advanced route finding, come into play.
For the new navigator, a field course on navigation or practice with an experienced navigator is likely the fastest way to develop skills. However, to make the most of either experience, or for those hardy to-it-yourselfers, the information below will provide a solid foundation in the theory of land-based wilderness navigation.