Yeah, I really confounded some infantry tactics club guys who brought a GPS out and tried to tell me they were at the top of Black Cap Mtn...apparently slick-sleeve female MI history professors aren't supposed to be able to navigate. Have fun out there, CLDT was one of my more favorite faculty experiences. After coaching O, of course!
You just need to practice with the 1:25k/1:50k. Not o maps.
Yes, lots and lots of Oers have been in that same position. It helps in Ranger School if you can do the 1:25k/1:50k well.
I did like CLDT. Hopefully it has evolved well.
Also about 10th MTN cats. I can't say anything about them but it'd be painful but fun if I were there.
I had the same experience with the GPS watches, haha. I trusted my O maps when any debate on precise location arose, which was really rare - a good sign I suppose.
It definitely was good practice using both, but I guess I'll need to graduate to the 1:50k and rely on it more to really get the Army benefits (admittedly much harder of course).
It was exactly that: painful but fun. Harder than I thought it'd be, so I'd guess it has evolved well. You should try to teach it next year as a lanewalker!