Navigation Courses

Competent map-reading is essential in the hills and mountains, for two reasons:

Pure enjoyment: as a good navigator you'll have a better idea of what to expect from a route before you set off, and will avoid hours of backtracking from navigational mistakes.

Safety: you'll know that you can get yourself and your friends safely back to the road if the weather worsens, or if you get caught out after dark.

Navigation with Map and Compass

Map-reading well is an art not a science

Ultimately you must learn to 'see', with your mind's-eye, the ground that the map depicts.

To reach this stage you need some core skills, followed by much practice!

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Introduction to Navigation Course

Introduction to Navigation Course

This practical one-day course will address your questions about getting started with map-reading.

By the end of the day you'll feel much more confident about how to interpret a map and how to use a compass.

Some questions you might want to cover are:

  • "Where am I allowed to walk in the countryside?"
  • "What do the different symbols on a map mean ?"
  • "How can I tell from a map where I should go?"
  • "How do I use a compass to know where I need to go?"
  • "What do I do if I get lost on a walk?"
  • "How do I know if I'm on a public right of way?"

Experience required:

Anyone who would like to learn to map-read.

Maximum group size:

Eight

Places to learn introductory navigation:

Wherever you want to go! The likelihood is we can do this course very locally - even if you live in London.

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Mountain Navigation Course

Mountain Navigation Course

On this two-day course we'll look at navigational challenges specific to being in the mountains.

We'll leave the footpaths and find places where you're reliant on map and compass to find your way.

We'll also cover strategies for relocating when lost, and getting safely down in poor weather.

Some questions you might want to cover are:

  • "How do I navigate when the paths are too faint to follow?"
  • "What do I do if I get lost?"
  • "How do I understand contours on a map?"
  • "How do I take a bearing on a compass?"
  • "How do six-figure grid-references work?"
  • "How do I follow a bearing in poor visibility?"
  • "How do I get down if the weather turns bad?"

Experience required:

You should have some prior experience of map-reading.

Maximum group size:

Six

Places to learn mountain navigation:

The Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and the Lake District are ideal venues.

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Advanced Mountain Navigation Course

Advanced Mountain Navigation Course

This two-day course focuses on advanced map and compass skills, often away from footpaths, for accurate navigation even in low visibility.

By the end of the course you'll have started to learn in-depth interpretation of landform, distance pacing, and advanced compass skills.

The aim is to cover the types of skills used at Mountain Leader level.

Some questions you might want to cover are:

  • "How do I follow a route which isn't on a path?"
  • "How can I find my way when there are no landmarks?"
  • "How do I use a compass to find my location in fog?"
  • "What is pacing?"
  • "What's it like to navigate at night?"

Experience required:

You should have prior experience of walking in the mountains, and of map-reading on mountain paths.

Maximum group size:

Six

Places to learn mountain navigation:

The Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and the Lake District are ideal venues.

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Alice Turner Climbing Courses is part of Foundation Expedition Leadership, a Community Interest Company.

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Page Contents:

Introduction to Navigation courses

Mountain Navigation courses

Advanced Mountain Navigation courses