Our Introduction to Navigation Course gives you a fundamental skill which, once learnt, will greatly increase your enjoyment and safety in the British hills and further afield. Our courses cover the full spectrum of skills from the basics of setting the map and taking a bearing to fine tuning the abilities of mountain marathon competitors. If you want to know what to do when you’re lost or lack the confidence to explore the hills when the cloud is low then our courses will point you in the right direction!
The navigation course will be based outdoors on the hill to give all members the maximum opportunity to learn and practise new skills. It will be taught in a practical way, starting with the basics and progressing at a rate to suit the group. We will aim to cover some of the following skills:
- Understand the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan.
- Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps.
- Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map.
- Orientate the map with and without a compass.
- Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.
- Choose simple navigation strategies and routes.
- Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
- Estimate distance on both map and ground.
- Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation.
- Plan a safe, suitable walk.
- Relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails.
Please do NOT book your own accommodation and make travel arrangements until you have verified that the course is guaranteed to run.