Thursday, 11 September 2014

Map Reading for Mature Walkers


Map Reading for Mature Walkers

At Peak Navigation Courses we are seeing an increasing number of “mature” walkers attending our map reading and navigation courses. People come into walking for various reasons, some are taking it up in retirement, others come via the “walks for health” programme though many have walked as part of a group for many years but have always followed others and now want to plan and follow their own routes. 
Whatever your reason for wanting to learn to read a map and navigate, Peak Navigation Courses have a course to suit you. This is why we are introducing a course specifically for mature walkers who want to enjoy walking paths and lanes at a slower pace rather than crossing open moorland.

Map Reading for Mature Walkers is a one day course that starts with the very basics though by the end of the day aims to leave you confident to plan a route and follow it using a range of map reading and navigation techniques including using a compass.

The course is based in the peak District village of Foolow. The first hour of the course is spent in the village hall looking at various maps and how to read a map. This is followed by a short circular walk through fields, putting the theory into practice. After lunch we look at how to plan a route examining the factors to take into account that will make a walk safe. We then walk our planned route before a final session back in the village hall. The course lasts from 10am and aims to finish at 4.30pm.


Jane and Mike who run Peak Navigation Courses each have over 30 years of walking experience and have been running navigation courses for the past ten years. They are both qualified as International Mountain Leaders. Details about Jane and Mike can be found on the Peak Navigation Courses website.



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Learn Map Reading and Navigation in The Peak District


Learn Map Reading and Navigation in The Peak District

Whether you are a seasoned walker, a complete novice or someone who has for years followed others, Peak Navigation Courses have a course for you!

For the past ten years we have been delivering training from our base in The Peak District and occasionally further afield in the mountains of Snowdonia and The Lake District.

1st Steps to Map Reading and Navigation
Entry Level:
Most people come for the one day 1st Steps to Map Reading and Navigation Course. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete novice or have some experience, this course starts with the very basics and leaves you able to cross easy open moorland using a compass. A great day out.

National Navigation Awards:
Some come to us wanting to gain an award under the National Navigation Awards Scheme. We highly recommend that adults can come straight in at Silver level not needing to have gained a Bronze Award first. This is a 2 day course and can be achieved either in a weekend or two days spread out over different weekends.  Day one follows our 1st Steps course and day 2 follows our Moving onto Moorland course (with a little additional homework).





Improvers:
Our "Moving onto Moorland Course" expands on the knowledge gained on the 1st Steps course with more detailed route planning and more precise “micro navigation” over some tougher more challenging terrain.


In the dark!
This course is designed to give you confidence should you be caught out in the mist or in darkness. It looks at the strategies required for crossing open moorland in poor visibility.  This course only runs in the winter months, usually 6.30pm until around 10pm.


Because there are now so many different GPS devices available, we now only run bespoke training on a 1:1 basis. Our 4 hour course covers the basics to help you understand your device; get you started navigating from point to point; and creating /down loading routes using the internet and following them.




Peak Navigation Courses also run more Advanced Navigation courses and Navigation Masterclasses.

Mike and Jane who run Peak Navigation Courses are both qualified International Mountain Leaders, details about them and their qualifications can be found on the Peak Navigation Courses Website.


Silva type 4 Compass





Sunday, 25 May 2014

Map Reading and Navigation Courses in The Peak District


Peak Navigation Courses, Autumn programme 2014

Our “entry level” course suitable for the novice or those with plenty of experience who want to learn properly to navigate through fields and easy open moorland using a map and compass. (This course also forms day 1 of our Silver National Navigation Award Courses and is undertaken with “Moving onto Moorland” to complete the award). 
Based from Foolow in The Peak District, a one day course costing £40.

Dates:
Saturday 6th September
Saturday 11th October
Saturday 25th October
Saturday 8th November
Sunday 23rd November



This course is for more experienced navigators who already understand how to use a map and compass but want to progress onto moorland. The course introduces “micro” navigation techniques such as pacing and timing on a compass bearing. (This course also forms day 2 of our Silver National Navigation Award Courses when undertaken with “1st Steps to Map Reading and Navigation” to complete the award). Based from Foolow in The Peak District, a one day course costing £40.



Dates:  Sunday 7th September,  Sunday 12th October,  Sunday 9th November



We are accredited by Mountain Training to provide this course aimed at the novice walker and introducing them to the range of skills required to be safe to walk in the hills. (Requires registration with Mountain Training). Based from Foolow in The Peak District, this 2 day non residential course costs £85.

Weekend 18th and 19th October


We are accredited by Mountain Training to provide this course aimed at walkers with some experience who want to progress to walking in British mountains. This course introduces the range of skills necessary to be safe in the mountains. (Requires registration with Mountain Training).

Weekend 14th (evening),15th and 16th November

For this weekend we have booked a “camping Barn” near Keswick in the Lake District and the cost of the course includes a (self catering) place in the barn. After a short indoors session on the Saturday Morning the course will be on Blencathra for the rest of the day which will introduce some easy rock scrambling in addition to general movement skills and navigation. Cost for the weekend £135.



A short evening course (6.30pm until 10pm) designed to give you confidence should you be caught out when the mist comes down or after dark. Cost for this course £20.

Saturday 1st November
Saturday 29th November



A day of exacting navigation suitable for people who want to develop their navigation to an advanced level. You will already be able to use a compass but this course will spend much time off path on difficult moorland. Based in The Peak District, cost for this day course, £40.

Sunday 2nd November


A day of revising your existing advanced navigation skills! Suitable for those who have already attended our advanced Navigation Course or for candidates wishing to practice ahead of Moorland or Mountain Leader assessments. Based in The Peak District, cost for this day course, £40.

Saturday 22nd November

Mulhacen 3482m, The highest mountain in mainland Spain with Peak Navigation!







Thursday, 27 March 2014

Hill Skills Courses in The Peak District




Learning Hill Skills on Eyam Moor
Hill Skills will be run at weekends from our base in The Peak District, the weekends of 17th & 18th May  and  18th & 19th October. These are non-residential courses and cost £85, (though in addition you will need to register with Mountain Training for an additional cost of £20).

The Hill Skills Course will teach you:  To read a map and navigate;  How to Plan a Walk;
About equipment and clothing for hill walking;  The effects of weather in the hills;
About the upland environment;  and  How to deal with emergencies.


Learning Navigation
Day 1            Saturday
We meet at 9.30am in the village of Foolow, using the village hall as our base for the day.

After a short indoor session learning about maps and navigation we go out for a walk practising map reading and navigation techniques and relating the map to features on the ground. 

A working lunch back in the village hall where we plan our route for the afternoon, which takes us across open moorland navigating using a compass and pacing distances.

Returning to the village hall, we finish with a session about clothing, equipment, weather, and emergencies and plan our route for the next day.

We expect to finish around 6pm.


Learning to move safely on steeper ground
Day 2  Sunday
Having already planned our route, we meet near Edale at 9.30am for the start of a full day out on Peak District Moorland.  You will be involved in both the navigation and route choices.

During the day we will talk about the moorland environment, work being done in the Peak District to preserve this and how hill walkers can minimise their impact.

We expect to finish after a final "de-brief" around 5pm.



Silva "Expedition 4" Compass



Mountain Skills Course – 2nd May Bank Holiday Weekend 24th, 25th and 26th May


Mountain Skills Course   – 2nd May  Bank Holiday Weekend 24th, 25th and 26th May

There’s quite a lot to cram into a weekend Mountain Skills Course, so we at Peak Navigation Courses are seizing the opportunity to spread the course over three days and ensure that course participants get the most from the course.

Scrambling in Langdale


Learning Navigation
Based in Keswick, The Lake District, we have planned the following:

Saturday
The course starts at 10.00am with introductions and a indoor session about navigation. We then go out for a walk where we put our navigation skills into practice, identifying “contour” features, walking on a compass bearing and learn a bit about pacing and timing. We’ll move onto some steeper ground and look at techniques for safe movement on steep ground and easy scrambling.

Mid afternoon we return to Keswick and have a session in a local equipment shop discussing and comparing different makes, models, etc. followed by tea and cake!

We then return for a final session looking at equipment to carry, weather and planning our route for Sunday. Finish approx. 6pm.






Sunday
We’ll meet in Braithwaite at 9:30 and walk the Coledale Horseshoe a walk of about 14 Km with a height gain of 1250m.  All course participants will be involved in the route finding and navigation. During the day we will talk about the mountain environment, assessing risk and getting help should things go wrong.

At the end of the walk we’ll hold a short de-brief on the days adventure, questions and answers. We’ll then plan our route for Monday. Finishing around 4.30pm.


Monday
We’ll meet in Threkeld at 9:30 and make a circuit on Blencathra, ascending Hall’s Fell Ridge.

A short de-brief and the course will end around 3pm.


Friday, 21 March 2014

Hill Skills and Mountain Skills Courses


Hill Skills and Mountain Skills Courses

Mountain Training (formally Mountain Leader Training) are about to launch two new awards: Hill Skills and Mountain Skills.  Peak Navigation Courses have been chosen as one of the first organizations to run these courses on behalf of Mountain Training.


Unlike the other awards which are about leading others, Hill Skills and Mountain Skills are  about personal competence so that those new to Hill Walking and Mountain Walking can learn the basics of being safe in the hills or mountains, from qualified professionals .

Mountain Navigation
Both Hill Skills and Mountain Skills courses can be delivered over a weekend.  For Hill Skills, Peak Navigation Courses will run these in the hills of the Peak District.  For Mountain Skills, we believe that this course can only be delivered in genuinely mountainous areas so we will run these courses in The Lake District.

Hill Skills and Mountain Skills are aimed at those who are either new to walking in the hills and mountains or those who have just “tagged along” with others and want to learn for themselves. Topics covered will include:
Navigation; Weather; Clothing and Equipment; Environment and Conservation; Movement Skills; Emergency Procedures and how to summon help.

To gain one or both of these awards you will need to register with Mountain Training.  (registrations only start after 1st April). You can book your place on one of our courses now!




Safe movement on steep ground
Date:  17th and 18th May
Location: Foolow, The Peak District
Cost: £85


Date:  24th, 25th and 26th May
Location:  Keswick, The Lake District
Cost: £120