Course Duration: 09:30 Thursday - 16:30 (ish) Friday
Group size: 5 Maximum
Age Range: 18+
During this 2 day course you are invited to join our ML or HML qualified instructors in the wonderful landscape of the peak district. Here you will develop your map and compass skills.
The course is run entirely out on the hills and is completely "hands on". You will be provided with a map of the area and guided through all of the below skills to provide you with the confidence to plan and execute your own navigational lowland walks using the footpath network.
This course is run by our instructors holding either the Mountain Leader Award, the Hill and Moorland Award or the Walking Group Leader Award.
This course begins in Edale within the Peak District National Park. Each day runs from 09:30-16:30 ish - sometimes we are down off the hill a bit early, sometimes a bit later, it really depends on the group, what we have covered, and weather conditions.
This course is run mid week across 2 days to allow quieter access to the Peak district than we would experience at the weekend.
- Interpreting the map within the landscape
- Understanding scales
- Calculating distances
- Providing 4 and 6 figure grid references
- Setting the map to ground
- Estimating timings
We will then move on to learn and put into practice some more advanced map and compass skills. These include:
- Orientating the map to identify features
- Calculating magnetic and grid bearings
- Walking on a bearing
- Use of attack points
- Identification of hazards
- Use of handrails
- Relocation strategies
- Equipment choice
- Emergency procedures
- And probably the most important skill to learn of all - contour interpretation
The course is run entirely out on the hills and is completely "hands on". Accommodation is not provided on this course and so you will need to source your own locally. Coopers campsite in Edale is highly recommended with a cafe on site, alternatively there are numerous B&B's in and around the local area. Please bring your own packed lunch each day and meals are available in the village pub for the evenings should you wish.