For absolute beginners;
This is a very practical day, with the entirety of the time spent out on the mountains learning and using the skills.
Over the duration of the navigation course, you can expect;
- To cover map symbols, scales, grid refs.
- Pacing & timing to maintain position
- Compass work
- Contour interpretation
For those with some previous knowledge; We will spend some time refreshing the skills above, and then apply them in a more challenging mountain area, away from the paths, walls and other obvious helping features. This will really help you to sharpen and trust your map and compass skills, and give you the experience and confidence to open up new areas of the Lake District for your future adventures.
For the experienced;
If you have the ability to navigate at night then it really opens up what you can do in the mountains. Whether you simply want to start earlier or finish later to catch those dramatic sunrises and sunsets, or set off on a cold winter morning to get to that winter climb, being able to navigate at night would take away a lot of the worry!
Night Navigation is also the best way to simulate navigating in very poor conditions. If you can navigate well at night, the chances are you can do the same in thick fog!
Making it longer
If you want to really get your map reading skills and mountain navigation up to speed, maybe consider a second day of training. This extra day allows the consolidation of the skills learnt on the first day, and enables you to really perfect them under the guidance of an experienced Mountain Leader. As with all of our skills courses the 2-day course will be tailored to suit your aims, so whether you’re an absolute beginner or have a sturdy foundation already, you’ll be sure to leave this course bursting with confidence.
You can also check out our THINGS TO DO page to see the list of Wild Guides, Outdoor Activities and Bushcraft & Survival Activities on offer to help you decide!