NNAS Gold Assessment Course
£95 per person
A one day assessment for those who wish to complete the National Navigation Award Scheme Gold award.
The NNAS Gold award is the highest level award in the navigation scheme and the practical assessment will take place during the day in challenging terrain. Many people choose to take this award prior to attending a Mountain Leader assessment course as it is excellent preparation.
Sat 19 Oct
Sun 1 Dec
If there are no suitable dates and there are two or more of you that want a NNAS Gold assessment, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.
The course will normally meet in Grindleford which has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.
We will start with a quick chat to explain everything before heading out on the hill. We will be on the hill for the whole day navigating along a route. There will be plenty of opportunities to demonstrate your skill and knowledge. We may ask that you use several different map types during the assessment. If we do this, we will provide these additional maps.
We normally finish the assessment by 1800.
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) 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 fitness 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.