Join this exciting advanced mountain navigation course, and learn how to become self-sufficient in the Cumbrian mountains thanks to valuable pointers and tips from professional instructors, including how to estimate distances and plan routes.
What to Expect
"The mountains will always be there, the trick is to make sure you are too. " Hervey Voge
Join this exciting mountain navigation course and learn how to become self-sufficient in the Lake District from experienced professionals.
Spend a full day gaining practical navigational knowledge of the mountains of Cumbria, get introduced to various map scales, and learn how to set your map, plan a route, and follow it to the best of your ability across a featureless terrain for about 6 miles (10 km).
Additionally, learn how to estimate distances accurately using pacing and timing, how to navigate in areas of poor or limited visibility, how to properly use a compass, and how to re-orientating yourself if you do get lost. Lastly, learn about mountain weather and how it affects route planning and choices, as well as emergency procedures in cases of accidents.
What is the NNAS?
The National Navigation Award Scheme is a nationally recognized structure for the provision of navigation training courses. It is arranged into 3 levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. A 2-day navigation course can include the training and assessment of the Silver NNAS award, which is ideal for those looking to navigate in mountainous terrain. There is no need to have taken the bronze course prior to the silver award.
- Qualified Instructor (maximum ratio of instructor to student is 1:4)
- Use of map and compass
- The Lake District Walker will provide the following equipment, but if you have your own then it would be worthwhile bringing them:
- Maps - OS Explorer Map - South East Lakes (OL7)
What's Not Included
- Each participant is expected to have suitable personal equipment for their activity this should include the following:
- Walking shoes/boots
- Waterproof clothing (jacket and trousers)
- Suitable warm clothing for walking (no jeans)
- Warm tops
- Packed lunch
- Spare clothing
Where to meet: Outside the Britannia Inn, Elterwater
Postcode: LA22 9HP
Grid Reference: NY 327 048
Know Before You Go
This course is aimed at those who have previously taken the Beginners Navigation Course or already have the skills covered on that course.
The successful completion of this course certifies individuals to the Silver NNAS standard.
The course is suitable for anyone over the age of 18.
There is no maximum age, there is regularly a mixture of ages and experience.
The course is thus tailored to meet the needs of a varied group of people.
Distance: 10 kilometers
Ascent: 500 meters or more
Time: 6 to 7 hours
Start Time: 10:00
Maximum Group Size: 4
Minimum Group Size: 1