Summer Navigation

Summer NavigationThis instructional course is for people who want to spend time focusing on their navigation skills.  It can be useful for total beginners as well as hill walkers who already have some navigating experience but want to consolidate their skills.  The days out will take you away from the paths and cairns and onto the open mountainside where you can escape the crowds and use your navigational skills for real.

Some of the skills we often cover on this course are;

  • map selection
  • route choice and strategy
  • compass use
  • taking bearings
  • pacing distance
  • timing distance
  • contour interpretation
  • judgment when route finding
  • weather effects and forecasts
  • relocating when disorientated
  • tracking another leader
  • micro navigation

We tend to run the majority of our navigation courses in the Lake District, the area offers brilliant terrain for this type of course whatever the weather.  We can also run navigation courses in other locations on request, please Contact Us to discuss.

Additional skills possible;

  • night navigation.  Micro navigation by head torch.  This can be an additional 2-3 hours out on the mountain at a small extra cost (£20 per person) and is best run outside the Summer months when its darker earlier.
  • basic emergency rope-work
  • emergency skills, evacuation and shelters

Note – by including extra skills, other than night navigation, you will reduce the time spent on navigation and so 2 days at least might be worth considering.  Or alternatively you could consider our Hill Skills course which is a more generic hill walking skills course.

All technical equipment can be supplied at no extra charge.

1:1 – £160
1:2 – £170
1:3 – £180
1:4 – £190
1:5 – £200
1:6 – £210

Note – We run Summer Navigation courses at a 1:6 instructor client ratio max.  We can supply additional instructors for larger groups wanting Summer Navigation or you can look at Group Programmes for group activities which can include guided summer walks for groups.

Mark Rock Climbing Course

‘Having spend three days in the mountains with Paddy I’ve got to say he’s the best guide I’ve ever worked with. Everything was pitched perfectly for my individual level - the choice of climbs, the balance between learning and mileage on the crag, all suited my level of experience. In three days I went from never having climbed trad to leading VD, seconding HVS+ and ticking off a classic mountain route, all thanks to Paddy’s professionalism and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get out there again!’