Advanced Navigation / NNAS Gold Course
The ideal course for those who want to venture out with confidence in any terrain in all weathers. The navigational standard of the course is similar to that of the Hill and Moorland Leader or Mountain Leader award.
Having taught navigation all over the globe, Beyond the Edge strongly believes that the Peak District is one of the best locations for practicing navigation with its mix of featureless plateaus, deep groughs and rolling hills.
Who is it for ?
To get the most from the Advanced Navigation / NNAS Gold course, you should be able to walk on a bearing and be confident following a route on the map along paths or tracks with some deviations across open ground.
Advanced Navigation – Course Overview
We will refresh the finer points of on path navigation skills before getting to grips with the more complex aspects of navigating cross country in complex terrain. This will involve finding smaller and smaller points on the map including learning simple search techniques to find an exact location.
If you have not completed the Intermediate Navigation / NNAS silver course or a similar recognised course we would encourage you to contact the office to discuss booking on the course.
With effect from Feb 2020 the NNAS Gold is now a two day combined training and assessment course. Candidates who have previously completed training, but have not yet attended assessment should contact the office to discuss their assessment.
Candidates that wish to be awarded the NNAS Gold certificate must complete a pre course study paper and a post course study paper in order to successfully pass the award.
Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of mountain training courses and they are both highly informative and run by hugely experienced trainers. Importantly in our opinion, they are also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.
Advanced Navigation – Course Format
The days are flexible to suit the prevailing weather conditions. A standard outline would be:
Start 09:00 Grindleford
- Revision of navigational techniques
- Revision of simple and advanced navigational strategies
- 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
We return from the hill for evening meal at about 1630 before heading out again at 1900 for night navigation. We normally finish at about 2300.
- Practicing skills from Day 1 on more challenging terrain
- Relocating when geographically challenged
- Use of altimeters
- Use of GPS and Mobile phones
- Location: Peak District
- Cost: £185 per person
- Duration: 2 days
- Ratio: 1:4
- Level: Advanced
From May to the end of August, we don’t run night navigation. Darkness doesn’t arrive until very late and we like our sleep…
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are no dates suitable, and there are two or more of you that want to learn Advanced Navigation, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.
The course will meet at The Sir William Hotel at 0900 in the village of Grindleford. The village has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.
The hotel has ample free parking.
A full kit list with recommendations as to what works best is contained in the Joining Instructions. These also contain a host of helpful tips and links to articles and videos to help you get the most out of the course.
In short you need hillwalking kit for two days including a compass and a map!
Whilst it is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!). The official handbook of Mountain Training (National Governing Body for Walking and Climbing Leadership awards) that covers navigation contains lots of useful information. It is:
Mountain Training Handbook, Volume 4, Navigation in the mountains. Carlo Forte.
These are longer days on the hill than average (about 6-7 hours). The terrain we cover is undulating and similar to that you would find on a HML or ML assessment.
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 and most courses start from here.
Other options are listed on our Accommodation page.
How do I book ?
The best way is via this webpage. Choose the date from the options on the above and then submit your booking and pay the deposit.
For bespoke events get in touch first so we can check diaries and if required give you a quote. Get in touch by either calling the office on 01142 631 155 or emailing us.
Does the course include accommodation ?
Not usually! We prefer to let you choose where you will be most comfortable. This may be in a tent or in a luxury hotel.
In the Peak District we work out of the The Sir William hotel. This is a comfortable Inn with stunning views over the Hope valley and it also serves great food (try the game pie if it’s on!). We recommend that you stay here as they are well versed in looking after walkers and climbers and it’s a 30 second commute from the breakfast table to our meeting room!
They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org which is best as it allows them to answer when they have a spare few minutes or alternatively 01433 630 303 and ask to speak to Helen.
If this doesn’t suit you for whatever reason, further accommodation options can be found on our accommodation page.
For bespoke courses and events we can arrange whatever you desire from a bivouac under the stars to a spa hotel.
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