Night Navigation & Low Visibility Navigation
Our Navigation Courses in North Wales and the Lake District are all about helping you develop the skills to get safely and efficiently from A to B, wherever your adventures may take you.
We’ll be out on the hill for about 4 hours at night. We will cover many of the skills covered in the other 2 courses but with the added challenge of doing it in poor visibility
- Taking and walking on bearings
- Slope aspect
- Contour interpretation
- Micro navigation
We will also cover many of the skills in the Intro to Navigation course such as:
- Understanding the map symbols, grid references and scales
- Measuring distance and height gain on the map
- Distance, time and pacing – how long it will take to walk to a point on the map
- Using linear features as handrails to guide us
- Using tick features – things we pass as we go to ‘tick off’ our progress
- Compass basics – Setting the map, taking bearings
This course is ideal if you are looking to become a proficient navigator away from the trails through the year. You’ll have the skills to navigate in open country for a summer sunrise or walk into the evening during the shorter winter days.
Who is this for?
We run this course in the Lake District, Snowdonia and Staffordshire. Check out the available dates below. Full details are sent out in the joining instructions
26th Feb 2022 – Snowdonia, Llanberis – 8 places
29th March 2022 – Lake District- 8 places
In addition, Private bookings are available throughout the year
Dates in green have enough people and are guaranteed to run
Dates in red need one or more bookings to run
Further dates in 2022 will be added shortly. Watch this space or drop us an email to be the first to hear.
This is aimed at people who have experience of hill walking or mountain walking with a moderate level of fitness. You should be used to being on your feet all day and being fairly active.
Due to the nature of the terrain we will be walking up and down steep ground at times but the pace is largely set by the group. If are not sure, use the details on the right of this page to contact us.
For courses involving navigation skills you will need:
- Map – OS map Relevant to the area. Exact details will be in joining instructions.
- Compass – Silva type 4 is the best, make sure it’s in degrees – https://amzn.to/3COka6S
- Pocket notebook and pen/pencil – Useful for taking any notes during the day. Please not there are no handouts on this course.
- A watch or stopwatch – used for measuring the time walking
- Rucksack – 20-30 litres should be enough to hold all of your kit for the day. Include a waterproof liner to keep your kit dry
- Waterproof Jacket and Waterproof Trousers – These are essential regardless of the forecast as the weather can change quickly.
- Suitable Trousers/shorts – Lightweight and quick drying. (Jeans are unsuitable for this activity.
- Clothing – Suitable to the season and always include a fleece or other warm clothing. Bring a spare jacket just in case you get cold.
- Gloves to keep the fingers warm and maintain movement.
- Hat – Warm hat for the winter season, sun hat for other times of the year
- Sensible footwear – waterproof walking boots with a good quality sole and decent ankle support.
- Drinking water and bottle – You will need to carry 1 to 2 litres of water and this can be in any suitable container you have
- Packed lunch – bring some food to keep you fuelled up throughout the day
- Personal medication – e.g. EpiPen, Ventolin, Insulin, paracetamol, hayfever tablets,
- Torch & spare batteries – This is in case of emergencies and it’s good practice to carry one on your own adventures
- Whistle – Also in case of emergencies
- Survival bag – It’s useful to carry one of these whenever you are in the hills. Orange plastic ones are ideal.
- Fully charged mobile phone
Can’t find what you are looking for? Why not hire a mountain leader for some private instruction on a date that suits you.
We can provide instructors to teach you navigation skills, mountain skills, wild camping or take you on an adventure at a time and place to suit you.
Contact us today to start you next adventure