Advanced Navigation / NNAS Gold Course
£169 per person
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 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.
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. We will refresh the finer points of these skills before getting to grips with the more complex aspects of navigating cross country in complex terrain, 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 24 Feb 2020 the NNAS Gold is now a 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.
Due to COVID 19, courses are cancelled until May at the earliest.
Sat 20 – Sun 21 June (no night nav)
Wed 8 – Thu 9 July (no night nav)
Sat 12 – Sun 13 Sept
Sat 7 – Sun 8 Nov
Sat 12 – Sun 13 Dec
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 in Grindleford which has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.
The day is 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 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
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.
Key items are:
- Map. The Peak District Dark Peak area 1:25,000. OL1. We strongly recommend using laminated maps
- Compass. We recommend the Silva Type 4 or Expedition compass. Read our review here. Cheaper compasses malfunction very regularly (on average 1 per course) so we advise you don’t waste your money and buy a good one from the start.
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.
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
You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy the course, but some hillwalking experience would be useful.
If you are already reasonably confident with a map and compass why not challenge yourself and book on the night navigation course.