Some of the things we cover on our courses are:
Novice to Intermediate Courses
Map Scales used by hill walkers
The Grid system and Grid References
Public Rights of Way and the CROW Act
Contour Lines and basic interpretation
Use of the compass to take bearings from a map
Walking on general compass bearings
Hand-railing large features
Identifying large features on a map and then find them in the surrounding area
Macro or large area navigation techniques
Learn how to pre plan a simple mountain walk and follow it, hopefully without getting lost!
Intermediate to Advanced Courses
Work out personal pacing for 100 metres
Poor visibility and darkness navigation strategies
Micro Navigation – techniques which concentrate on using short distances and/or navigating to smaller features on the ground.
Pacing and timing over varying distances from 100 – 1000m
Estimating times taken using Naithsmiths Rule and Tranters table of corrections
A look at ‘dead reckoning’ and it’s practical application and benefit
Quick Resection skills and triangulation
Identifying and locating smaller catching features on the map and on the ground
Pre planning and following a multi nav-leg longer route in more complex terrain.
We always aim to cover other mountain related topics during the course, bad weather planning, emergency procedures for injury or if you get lost, our tips on clothing and footwear and food and hydration and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have during the day.
Night Navigation Sessions, £50.00pp
Navigating in the dark or in very bad visibility needs an extra degree of awareness and on our night navigation courses you will learn simple steps to help keep you focused and safe when navigating with a map and compass at night.
These evening sessions usually last around 4hrs with a maximum teaching ratio 1:4.
Evening sessions can be added to any intermediate to advanced level navigation courses or taken separately as an add on module.
The course focuses more on micro navigation, pacing and timing as well as getting you used to walking and map reading with a head torch on and working with the shortened distances that you may, or may not be able to see!