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HML / ML Navigation Refresher

Location:

Peak District

Cost:

£75 per person

Duration:

1 long day

Max. Ratio:

1:4

If you are approaching Hill and Moorland Leader or Mountain Leader Assessment and want to hone your navigation skills and also get a better understanding of the types of navigational points you will be asked to find on assessment this course is for you.
Alternatively, you may not have been on the hill for a while and, feeling a bit rusty, want a bit of a refresher to dust of the map and spin the compass bezel before testing yourself on some challenging navigational legs.

From Autumn through to Spring these navigation refresher courses also include an optional element of night navigation. For this we normally return from the hill to have a bite to eat before heading out again at around 1900.

Course Dates

Sat 17 Feb Course full
Sat 30 Mar
Mon 13 May
Sun 23 June (No night nav)
Sat 28 Sept
Sat 30 Nov

Bespoke Dates

We only schedule a few of these courses a year, so if there are no suitable dates showing, and there are two or more of you that want some revision, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.

Meeting Point

The course will meet at 09:00 in Grindleford.
Grindleford has good bus and train links to Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

Course Format

The course will be slightly flexible depending on individuals desires and the prevailing weather conditions. Below is a rough outline of the course.

Start: 0900
We start with a short chat to introduce ourselves and the course and work out individuals knowledge before heading out. During the day we will cover:

  • Revision of syllabus & standard expected
  • Navigational strategies
  • Revision / practice of micro navigation skills
  • Back bearings, Transects, Aspect of Slope
  • Exact distance measurement in undulating terrain
  • Navigation by contours alone
  • Navigational skills & strategies for low visibility
  • Search techniques for finding precise points
  • Individual debriefs and action plans

Close: Depending on daylight hours! 1700 or 2300 if night navigation is also running.

Equipment Required

You will need to bring all the clothing and equipment you need for a day on the hill including a waterproofed map of the area and a compass. A suggested kit list together with some tips and links to gear reviews is contained in the joining instructions.

Recommended Reading

We give some suggestions below, but more detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Joining Instructions.
The official handbook of Mountain training (National Governing Body) that covers navigation contains lots of useful information. It is:
Mountain Training Handbook, Volume 4, Navigation in the mountains. Carlo Forte.
Ordnance survey also produces a very useful free downloadable guide: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/docs/ebooks/map-reading.pdf

Accommodation

This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate (code given on booking) and we often start courses from here. There are other local pubs, B&B’s and also YHA’s in the villages of Hathersage, Eyam and Castleton. Popular campsites include North Lees under Stanage Edge and Pindale Farm

Fitness/Training

You don’t have to be super fit to enjoy the course, but it’s a long day over rough terrain carrying a rucksack, so an average level of fitness is required.

Related Courses

If you have progressed through our Navigation courses and you want a further challenge, book a bespoke day for an entertaining navigational challenge around the aircraft wrecks on Kinder Scout.

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