Mountain Navigation Training at Idwal Cottage (North Wales)
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You must be booked onto the Ogwen Valley hostel weekend to take part in this training.
Mountain navigation & leadership training with a qualified UK Mountain Leader.
This may interest you if you'd like to become an OutdoorLads walk leader, or if you're an existing leader wanting to increase your skills.
The Ogwen valley and Cwm Idwal, provide an amazing setting for advancing your navigation skill. During this fast-track mountain nav course we will cover; weather, wild walk planning, group leadership and night navigation.
We will try to work with you, developing outcomes that will help you lead more fluidly and more confidently - whether you are currently one of our leaders or not, this free course should help give you a firmer grasp on mountain leadership.
Please note that the training starts at 8pm on Friday night (we'll make sure you get some buffet, either before or after) and finishes at 1pm on Sunday (but fear not, we won't be missing any of the social time throughout the weekend, in and around the hostel).
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Medium Rucksack: typically around 45 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely, ideally one that has ice axe fixings
Waterproof Bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks. Use Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags.
Boots and crampons: make sure your boots and crampons are compatible, mountaineering boots are rated B1-B3 and generally are a match for crampons rated C1-C3 respectively.
Gaiters: recommended for winter conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Ice axe: make sure it’s in good condition
Walking Poles: always optional, some people love them, and some people hate them, give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered, breathable clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece). Bring changes of clothing so you can stay warm and dry
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Waterproof Jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat: stay warm
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Goggles: ski goggles are fine, in winter spindrift can blind you when the wind picks up and carries the snow about, and then sunglasses won’t be enough
Sun cream: don’t underestimate the sun’s reflection off any snow
Balaclava or snood: keep your face warm in high winds
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example. Put them somewhere easy to get hold of.
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Hot drink: a flask of tea or coffee
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter.
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
You'll need the standard packed lunch for Saturday.