Fancy being an OutdoorLads walk leader?
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Have you ever thought about becoming an OutdoorLads walk leader? Like the idea but not sure what it's all about? Not as confident with navigation or map reading as you'd like to be?
This half day afternoon session is for members who are really keen and would like to lead walks, but want to find out more about it, ask lots of questions and learn (or re-learn) the basic navigation skills required.
Led by Neil (qualified Lowland Leader and National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) tutor) we aim to have some fun talking about being a leader and covering off navigational skills such as:
- Maps - the different types used to plan a walk
- Navigation of the countryside using paths, tracks and other linear features
- Map interpretation, orientation, grid references, map features and how to use an Ordnance Survey map
- Using a compass - orienting a map, taking a bearing and other tips and uses
- Identify key map features and measuring distances
- A guide to essential equipment and what to do in an emergency
- Planning a route for an OutdoorLads walk - resources available to help you
- Getting out and about with a map, a compass and some leg stretching in the local area.
Whether you know a lot, a bit, or really not very much at all, all you need to do is bring an open mind, a willingness to learn some new things.
What do I need to bring? See below in the need to bring section.
Please note there is a small charge for this event - this is purely to cover the cost of the venue and tea and coffee.
What to bring
Please bring kit for walking outdoors in as part of the day will be spent outdoors. If it's raining we will still head out as it's all part of the learning so please be prepared. Trainers will do it you have no walking shoes / boots.
Please also bring a compass. The one I use is recommended for DofE training and is available in all sorts of places - usually the cheapest on Amazon. If you're keen to become a leader having one of these will be key. https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/silva-expedition-4-equipment-p94343 I strongly suggest shopping around as you can often get one of these on offer. There are cheaper models available but I suggest shopping around so you can try it in person, rather than ordering something cheap online only to find it useless. If you know someone with one, perhaps borrow it for the day?
Other than that, please bring a pen or two, anything you wish to make notes on. Everything else will be provided for you.
Food & drink
there will be tea and coffee, but please bring any drinks, snacks and food you may want as there are no nearby shops. There is a pub over the road if we fancy a drink at the end, so you may wish to bring cash to pay for that.