2 Day Learn to Navigate Training Course
Edale, Derbyshire - £150 per person, max 6 people
2 Day Learn to Navigate Training Course - Peak District
You will spend 2 days in the outdoors learning both basic and more advanced navigation techniques such as grid references, relocation, compass bearings, aiming off, attack points, contour recognition and navigation on more technical, rougher and complex ground.
This is an ideal continuation for those who have undertaken a beginners course but also suitable for those who have not completed any other training. We will tailor exercises to each individuals ability.
One of the keys aspects in becoming a good navigator is to practise a wide range of navigation techniques and this really requires 2 full days of training, providing the time to practise the skills and learn from your course leader. The course cost does not include accommodation.
Map based navigation techniques
The basics: Scales, Symbols, Rights of Way, Contours
Grid system / references
Navigation using contours - slope, shape, smaller & more complex features, Valleys vs. Spurs,
The basics: Distances - Measuring and Estimating, Pacing and Timing
Basic navigation strategies - The 5 D's: Distance, Direction, Description, Duration, Danger
Relocation: Transit Points, Intersection, Resection, Features
Compass Based Techniques
The basics: setting map and simple bearings from the map
Walking on a bearing from both the map and the ground
Following a bearing in bad visibility/darkness
Aiming Off, Collecting features, Back bearings, Attack Points
Aspect of Slope
Additional dates / private courses for 2 or more people available on request
Course Location & Times
Start 09:00 Edale, Derbyshire
Meet at main car park in Edale. I'd recommend paying for 10 hours in the main car park (cash only machine)
There is a good train service from Manchester/Sheffield. If you plan to catch the train please let me know.
We aim to finish around 15:00 - 16:00
During the training you will be walking both on and off paths. The morning of the first day will start in the valley on a mixture of good tracks and smaller footpaths and also off paths across grassy fields. We will then spend most of the course on Kinder Scout which will be rough in places and includes a fairly long hill. The hill up to Kinder is a steady climb of about 400m (1300ft). On Kinder the terrain is open moorland with heather, rough grass and deep groughs (ditches). At any time of year there are likely to be wet and muddy sections and the paths becomes rougher and a little rocky in places. For much of the training we will be off path on Kinder where the ground is very uneven with thick vegetation, hidden bumps and holes under the vegetation so care is needed and boots providing good ankle support are strongly recommended.
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
The training will be largely practical, walking in both the lower valleys and up onto Kinder. We will be spending most of the time off paths in rough and sometimes muddy terrain and so sturdy boots with good ankle support are highly recommended. You will be standing around whilst practising skills in whatever weather we have on the day, which can be exposed and colder on the tops, and will need appropriate clothing. Below is a recommended list:
**Hand sanitiser and face mask/covering mandatory** A face mask/covering does not need to be worn in most circumstances as we will be observing social distancing of 2m, however it could be required in emergency situations, to help protect people whilst providing first aid or assistance, or when social distancing is not possible.
1:25,000 map of The Peak District: Dark Peak Area - OS Explorer Map sheet OL1 covering Edale/Kinder. I recommend the waterproof maps which will last much longer, otherwise will also need a waterproof map case.
Compass (if you want to practise with one) - recommend a Silva Type 4, Suunto A30 or similar. If buying one check it's Northern Hemisphere (NH), degrees and metric scale. There are a lot for sale online which are not!!
Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans).
Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick).
Walking boots (some areas are rough and uneven so boots that go above the ankle, providing good ankle support, are strongly recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in muddy areas). No Trainers.
Warm hat and gloves or sun hat if sunny.
Food, drink and snacks for the day. We will have a couple of food stops whilst out on the hill.
Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief, emergency foil blanket and any personal medication).
Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag.
Money for car park fees.
Notebook and pencil/pen.
Optional additions: gaiters and/or walking poles if you use them.