2 Day Intermediate Navigation Skills Training Course
Edale, Derbyshire - £120 per person, max 6 people
Peak District Navigation Training Course - Intermediate
Dates arranged on request
One of the keys aspects in becoming a good navigator is practise so why not benefit from 2 full days of training with much more time to practise the skills and learn from your course leader.
This course is an ideal continuation for those who have already completed a beginners course. You'll spend 2 days in the outdoors learning further techniques such as grid references, relocation, bearings, aiming off, attack points and venturing onto more technical and complex ground. The course cost quoted does not include accommodation.
- Recap of basics
- Grid system / references
- Map based navigation techniques
- Navigating by features, attack points, tick features
- Contours - slope, shape
- Valleys vs. Spurs
- Distances - Measuring and Estimating, Pacing and Timing
- Basic navigation strategies
- Taking bearings
- Compass Based Techniques
- Walking on a bearing
- Transit Points
- Aiming Off
- Attack Points
Course Location & Times
Start 10:00 Edale Car Park, Derbyshire
Meet in the main car park (not railway car park), near the toilet block. I'd recommend paying for 8 hours.
There is a good train service from Manchester/Sheffield. If you want to catch the train arriving just after 10 please let me know.
We aim to finish around 16:00 - 17:00
You're very welcome to join the leader for an optional visit to a cafe and a chance to ask further questions after the course
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
The training will be largely practical, walking in both the lower valleys and up onto Kinder. We will be going 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 practicing skills in whatever weather we have on the day, which can be exposed on the tops, and will need appropriate clothing. Below is a recommended list:
- 1:25,000 map of The Peak District: Dark Peak Area - OS Explorer Map sheet OL1
- 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), there are a lot for sale online which are not!!
- Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans)
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick)
- Walking boots (some areas can be rough and uneven so good ankle support is recommended)
- Warm hat and gloves
- Food, drink and snacks for the day. We'll have a couple of food stops on the hill.
- Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, pain relief etc and any personal medication)
- Notebook and pen