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  Next Steps in Navigation

Location:

Peak District

Cost:

£40 per person

Duration:

1 day

Max. Ratio:

1:6

A one day navigation course including poor weather navigation for BMC club members.

This one day course develops your navigational skills including navigating in poor visibility, which could potentially mean the dark. During the day we will look at consolidating your current skills of navigation and then developing them into a more efficient and accurate package, including how to cope with poor visibility caused either by low cloud or the dark. This will be a day spent outside in whatever the weather brings learning by doing, please make sure you have the equipment needed to spend 6 hours outside potentially in wet weather!
 

Course Dates

Sat 9 Nov

Meeting Point

The course will meet in Grindleford at 0900. It has good bus and train links to Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

Course Format

Start 09:00 Grindleford

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

  • Using and applying navigational strategies such as ‘aiming off’, ‘attack points’ and ‘collect-ing features’.
  • Using both large and small contour features on the map and on the ground.
  • Understanding the physical factors affecting route choice.
  • Judging distance accurately on the map and on the ground.
  • Planning a safe walk or route.
  • Employing simple relocation strategies when lost.
  • Techniques for night navigation and poor weather navigation.
  • Using a compass to follow accurate bearings and to check the direction of footpaths or other linear features on both map and ground.
  • Developing knowledge of the effects of fatigue and physical discomfort brought on by navigating in demanding countryside and/or extreme weather condition
  • Countryside Code and current access legislation together with an appreciation of environmental and land management issues.

Close 17:00

Equipment Required

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.
Recommended Reading

Whilst it is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!), we give some detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in the Joining Instructions.

Accommodation

This 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

A good level of general fitness is necessary with the ability to complete a 6 hour day walk in the hills.

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