Mountain Navigation Courses

We offer a range of mountain navigation courses in the Lake District and Snowdonia. We do not schedule these in advance on specific dates, as we prefer to make each one bespoke for you and adapt them to cater for different levels of ability and experience.

The single most important skill to have in order to walk safely in the UK mountains is navigation. Sadly a very large proportion of accidents and mountain rescues have a navigational error as their root cause. We offer a range of navigation courses aimed specifically at mountain navigation, at beginner, intermediate and advanced level. This is the ideal way to learn how to navigate effectively in the mountains. (Ratio 1:8 max)

A student takes a compass bearing from a map during a mountain navigation course in Snowdonia

Course Details

Who is the course for?

Mountain navigation courses are for anyone and everyone, from the complete novice to the aspiring Mountain Leader.

Where is it held?

We generally run mountain navigation courses in the Lake District and Snowdonia, but we also use areas of Scotland by arrangement.

How long is the course?

Courses are a minimum of one day in duration, but are often booked as a two-day weekend. We can also run the course for longer periods, perhaps separated by a few days to give time for you to reflect and practice, or in one intensive burst, such as a 5-day week long course.

What does the course cover?

This course is completely bespoke but is generally aimed at beginner, intermediate and advanced level navigators. Depending on your level of experience the course will cover topics such as:

  • Orientating the map and identifying land features (large and small)
  • Understanding your ‘journey’
  • Interpreting contours
  • Measuring distances on the map and on the ground
  • Using the compass for general direction, rough and accurate bearings
  • Relocation strategies – what to do if you are lost
  • Navigational strategies
  • Advanced contour interpretation
  • Advanced compass work

What equipment is included?

You will need to provide: warm clothing including a waterproof jacket; walking boots; and a rucksack of about 30 litres. depending on your level of experience, you might already own a compass.

We will provide maps and compasses.

We will discuss an appropriate kit list when you book.

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