If you’re already familiar with the map and compass, and know how to plan and navigate walks over hilly terrain, you may want to take your navigation to the next level. What if you’re in the mountains when the cloud comes in and there’s no path? Or you want to go out after dark on a moonlit wander? You’ll probably want a better understanding of the terrain, and of techniques you can use to know exactly where you are, and where you’re going. Our advanced navigation course, Independent Mountain Walker, builds on what you already know about navigation to refine your techniques. If you are happy following paths, walls or other clear features and want to be able to find your way across open terrain, with little to guide you other than your skills and your compass, then this is the course for you. We run these course in both Snowdonia and the Lake District, see below for dates and locations. You will be in a small group with our expert instructors. We provide accommodation and show you the best pubs and cafes in the area, as it’s not all about challenging days out in the hills! Around all the teaching we still aim to provide the same sociable experience you’d find on our other weekends! What we’re sure of is that you’ll come away from the weekend as a more proficient hill navigator than when you started. What we cover on the course: Fine detailed navigation Bad weather techniques More accurate contour interpretation Taking bearings What do you do if you get lost? The weekend in a nutshell: Two days of navigation training in the mountains of Snowdonia or the Lake District, learning about detailed compass and map work Explore the countryside, with plenty of time to look at the views while you’re out Stay in our cosy accommodation, near some great pubs and cafes for those relaxing evenings Enjoy meeting new people and being in a small group with a dedicated instructor Maps and compasses provided for the weekend
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Feel free to arrive at the hostel at any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be busy preparing dinner. You’ll be introduced to your walking companions, and will quickly settle into the rhythm of the weekend. We have endless hot drinks after all!
There’ll be a short briefing about how the weekend will work if you haven’t been on a trip with us before. Other than that the evening is yours to relax and meet your fellow walkers.
After assessing your ability and getting your brains warmed up and back into navigation mode, our instructors will be able to introduce you to all the new techniques you’ll need for more advanced navigation. We leave the itinerary up to them but you’ll soon be testing out your abilities in the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia or the Lake District.
Returning to the hostel in the late afternoon, it’ll be the perfect time to grab a drink and relax after a big day out. We normally find people gravitate to the lounge and relive the day with their new walking companions.
Today you’ll head out on your second full day, picking up where you left off the day before.
After more hours of learning, testing yourselves, and ultimately becoming advanced navigators, the day will finish at 3-4pm, when there’s always time for a final tea-room visit before the drive home.
We’re confident that after this weekend you’ll be able to find your way with map and compass over the most featureless terrain, in bad weather and with only contours to go on. And however far you get this weekend, it’ll be an eye-opening experience into some new navigation techniques you can use in your future walks.
You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination
2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel.
Refund excludes processing fees. Alternate dates may be able to be agreed at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed.
Keswick CA12 5UR, UK