Navigation & Hill Skills

If you wish to book a course, either contact us via our  Contacts page, or download a Booking form and email it to us.

We offer a range of navigation, hill walking and mountain skills courses. To learn the skills to travel in the mountains under your own steam through mountain navigation is to enter a world that will enliven all of your senses, and remain with you for the rest of your life. Navigation skills form the foundation for all journeys in the mountains. Taking the time to learn how to use a map and compass and having the confidence to navigate in poor visibility will open up a world of opportunity for hill walkers, rock climbers and mountaineers alike.
We offer courses from 1 to 6 days to suit your requirements.

Locations: Brecon Beacons, North Wales, Lake District and Worcestershire.

If you have registered, or are thinking of registering for the ML award, these courses can go into your logbook/DLOG as a Quality Mountain Day. For more info on the ML scheme, click HERE.

1 day: Introduction to Navigation: A day of introducing the foundation skills of map reading and the use of a compass.
Our Course content includes:
- Planning a route using maps and guidebooks.
- Introduction to different map scales and which is best for you.
- How to set the map.
- How to interpret contours.
- How to estimate distance using pacing and timing.
- How to navigate in poor visibility.
- How to use the compass.
- How to re-orientate yourself if you do get lost.
Locations: Brecon Beacons, North Wales, Lake District and Worcestershire.
Cost: £45 per person per day.  Diary


1 day: Advanced Navigation
:
A day developing your navigation skills by focusing on contour interpretation
using contour only mapping. As a guide you should already be happy with taking and following a bearing, pacing,
timing, simple contour interpretation.

Although this course is designed to develop the skills you already have, we will refresh the key skills of navigation if needed. We will then be focused on contour interpretation whilst using contour only maps.
Locations: Brecon Beacons, North Wales, Lake District and Worcestershire.
Cost: £45 per person per day.  Diary


2 day: Mountain Skills (Navigation)
:
A two day course that teaches you to read a map and compass and travel safely in the mountains as well as upland and lowland areas.

Our Course content includes:
- Planning a route using maps and guidebooks.
- Clothing and equipment.
- Introduction to different map scales.
- How to set the map.
- How to interpret contours.
- How to interpret key symbols.
- How to plan and follow a route using paths and features and off path route following.
- How to use timings and pacing to estimate distance.
- How to navigate in poor/limited visibility
- How to use the compass
- How to re-orientate yourself if you do get lost
- Understanding weather.
- Emergency procedures.
- Environmental knowledge and considerations
- Flora and Fauna.
- Movement on steep ground.
- GPS. If you wish to incorporate the use of GPS in this course we can discuss these elements as well.
Locations: Brecon Beacons, North Wales, Lake District.
Cost: £90 per person.  Diary

 


Wild Camping:  This course can be included into our navigation courses.
This course includes:
- Places to wild camp.

- Types of kit that may be used. Tent, tarp, bivi etc.
- Sleeping bags and mats.
- Food and cooking.
- Hygiene and going to the loo!
- Leaving no trace.
Locations: Brecon Beacons, North Wales, Lake District.
Cost: £45 per person per day. 

 

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