The courses will be run on an as
required basis and as such there are no dates listed here. The maximum number
will be limited to 5 and the minimum will be 2. The aim of these courses is
to provide the participants with enough knowledge and experience to venture
out with family and friends. As well as navigation training, clothing and
equipment will be discussed. The courses will also enable participants to
calculate the time taken for particular walks and judge the level of experience
required by those taking part. For the advanced courses participants will
need to be experienced mountain walkers and have suitable equipment.
- Course 1 - Introduction to navigation
this a two part course. The first part is class room based and will last
2 - 3 hours. It will cover map features, grid references and compass bearings.
The second part will be practical and take 3 - 4 hours. It will put into
practice the things learnt in the classroom. The venue for this will be
farm land, the precise location depends upon where people on the course
- Course 2 - Basic navigation,
a practical one day course that builds upon the skills developed during
the introductory course. The venue for this course will be a forested area
such as New Forest, Cannock Chase, Forest of Dean, Wyre Forest, Bagshot
Forest Bracknell etc.
- Course 3 - Introduction to mountain
navigation a one day course. This course will develop an understanding of
contour lines as well as improving the skills of the other courses. The
venue will be an upland area such as the Peak District, Dartmoor, the
Long Mynd in Shropshire, Wales
or the Lake District. Also during the course the hazards of walking in the
mountains will be discussed along with appropriate preventative measures
and the range of actions possible to over come these hazards.
- Course 4 - Advanced mountain
navigation a two day course, in Wales, Dartmoor or the Lake District. This
course will develop various navigation techniques such as judging distance,
pacing, aiming off, attack points, aspect of slope, resections, etc.
- Course 5 - Poor visibility /
night navigation a two day course, in Wales, Dartmoor or the Lake District.
This course will develop the skills learnt in the previous courses. Often
the mountains in the Britain are are shrouded in cloud and visibility is
generally less than 50 m. Consequently it is vital to be able to navigate
safely and know ones position accurately at all times. The aim of this course
is to give people the opportunity to practice their navigation skills under
these conditions. The night navigation part of this course has two aims,
firstly it is possible that mountain walkers may for various reasons be
forced to still be on the mountains after dark especially in the winter.
Therefore it is a good idea to experience what its like under controlled
conditions. The second reason is that on the weekend of the course the mountains
may be free from low cloud and visibility far greater than 50 m.