At A Glance
Why choose this course?
- Learn the basic fundamentals of mountain navigation in just one day
- Find out all about map reading, pacing, timings, and compass skills
- Practical course with real-life situations in the mountains
- Master the skills needed to navigate off the marked paths and be more adventurous with your route planning
- This course is ideal for beginners with no navigation experience and also suitable for those who want to refresh their skills
Why Choose Snowdon Walks?
- All our courses are led and taught by fully qualified, experienced and knowledgeable instructors
- We specialise in organising mountain skill courses and walks – the mountains is our passion and we love nothing more than sharing this with you
- Our courses are run and taught in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere
- We make sure that everything from booking your course to learning is as stress free and enjoyable as possible
Book Introduction to Mountain Navigation
This one-day course takes you through the fundamentals of basic mountain navigation and core techniques for planning a route. This course is ideal for anyone wanting to learn map reading, using a compass and gain the skills needed to competently and confidently navigate in the mountains.
Dates for 2017
- Saturday 11th March 2017 (fully booked)
- Saturday 8th April 2017 (fully booked)
- Saturday 13th May 2017 (fully booked)
- Friday 19th May 2017 (fully booked)
- Saturday 10th June 2017 (2 remaining)
- Saturday 8th July 2017 (2 remaining)
- Saturday 12th August 2017
- Saturday 9th September 2017
Using a map and compass and being able to navigate confidently are essential skills for any hillwalker. After this course you will be able to navigate proficiently, safely undertake more adventurous mountain walks, tackle routes away from marked paths, and get more out of your time exploring the UK’s high and wild places.
You will meet your group and instructor for a short navigational theory lesson before heading outside in to the mountains to learn the practical elements of mountain navigation.
We start with the basics and gradually introduce new techniques as the course progresses. The course begins navigating on marked paths and mastering the fundamentals. When your confidence grows you will head to more baron and featureless ground and learn some advanced techniques and also skills such as keeping track of your progress, relocation and dealing with navigational errors.
The skills will be taught in a fun way with lots of practical exercises, demonstrations and scenarios to ensure you master the key principles and become a confident navigator in the mountains. You will be in a small group of no more than six and one instructor. We encourage you to work as a team and also as individuals to make the day as fun and interesting as possible.
Key concepts you will learn:
- Navigation theory: maps, compasses and navigation principles
- Get to know your map: maps, grid system, grid references, map symbols, scales and features
- Distance: measuring distances, micro-navigation, pacing and timing
- Navigation techniques: setting the map, contour interpretation, handrails, distance
- Using the compass: bearings, walking on a bearing, aiming off
- Planning a route: The 5 Ds and the 5 What’s, navigational strategy, hazard awareness and escape routes
No prior navigation experience is required for this course. You are expected to have a good level of fitness and be able to walk over rough terrain, boggy ground and ascend smaller mountains. You will need to wear and bring appropriate hillwalking clothing which will be outlined in the course information email. Compass and maps will be provided.
Spaces on this course are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We require a 35% deposit to reserve a place and the remaining balance is due 4 weeks prior to the course. All the course information will be emailed to you once your place has been confirmed. This will include all the details you need, including start and finish times, location details, parking information, and what you need to prepare and bring with you.
To book a place, select your chosen date on the calendar above and click ‘Book Now’