Want to learn how to read a map? Learn how to navigate on the hills?

More and more people are heading to make use of the trails, hills and mountains of the UK. With this rise in numbers there is an ever increasing rate of call outs to the mountain rescue and other emergency services. Whilst some of these cannot be helped, many are because of poor navigation skills

Whether individual or part of a group you are responsible for ensuring that you have the skills required. We run our courses in either The Pentland Hills, The Ochills or The Lomond Hills

We offer 3 different courses depending on where your current knowledge is at. Our courses are:

Basic Navigation – Cost: £45 per person (6hrs)

This is suitable for people with little or no navigation skills and includes:

  • Set up and read a map
  • Planning your route
  • Pacing
  • Timing
  • Using a compass
  • Rough bearings/half bearings
  • Walking your route
  • Group management
  • Reading a weather forecast
  • Access rights

Navigation for the hills: £55 per person (6hrs)

This is suitable for people with some knowledge of navigation but want to know how navigation can help keep you safe on the hills. The course includes:

  • Recapping of all areas covered in basic navigation
  • Reading contours
  • Escape routes
  • Dynamic risk assessment

Poor visibility navigation: £30 per person (3hrs)

This course is suitable for people with reasonable navigation skills. This course will equip you with the skills to be able to navigate in bad weather, cloud and low light or night. Due to the requirement for poor visibility to train in, this course is usually run in evenings. Course times change depending on the time of year

Bespoke courses: priced individually

Would you prefer a one to one approach? Maybe you want to really hone your skills? Have you been deferred on an assessment and want to spend some time focusing on your own skills?

Whatever your reasons we would be happy to provide you with a 1:1 session that will focus on you and your individual skills

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It really is essential for these skills to be in every person itinerary. For more information on courses in your area please Contact us.