Intermediate Navigation / NNAS Silver Award
£145 per person
Learn how to navigate when away from paths and tracks, boost your confidence and gain the skills to cope when the mist descends, darkness falls or, just maybe you are a little bit lost!
“I would just like to say what a great course. It is one of the best courses I have ever been on ” Simon. Intermediate Navigation.
A typical course attendee knows what a map and a compass are and can use them for simple navigation on paths and tracks, but the myriad of lines on the map can get confusing. If the weather forecast is less than perfect you don’t go out, as the prospect of navigating off paths or in the mist fills you with dread.
Successful completion of the course gives you the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Silver certificate
Sat 21 – Sun 22 Sept
Sat 19 – Sun 20 Oct
Sat 23 – Sun 24 Nov
Sat 14 – Sun 15 Dec
If there are no suitable dates available, or there are two or more of you that want to become navigational ninjas, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.
The course will meet at 09:00 in Grindleford. This has good bus and train links to Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.
The days are flexible to suit the prevailing weather conditions. We start both days with a short chat over a cuppa before heading out. During the two days we will cover:
- Navigational Strategies
- Maps. Types, scales and Grid references
- Orientating the map
- Measuring distances
- Detailed Contour Interpretation
- Compasses. Different types and how to use them.
- Navigating away from paths and tracks
- Advanced compass work
- Accurately measuring distance on undulating terrain
- Relocating when geographically challenged
- Navigational strategies for reduced visibility (night, fog etc)
- Technology – GPS, mobile phones & altimeters
We aim to finish at about 17:00 on Day 1 and 16:00ish on Day 2.
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 White Peak area 1:25,000. OL24. 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.
Ordnance survey also produces a very useful free downloadable guide: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/docs/ebooks/map-reading.pdf
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
This course is a step up from the Introduction to Navigation and we will be walking off paths on rough terrain for several hours.
If you are already reasonably confident with a map and compass why not challenge yourself and book on a NNAS Gold course or the night navigation course. Alternatively, spend a week having fun in the hills and get your NNAS Silver, Mountain Training Hill Skills and Mountain Training Mountain Skills awards all at once.