Mountain Navigation Training Weekend in the Lakes
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Join us for a camping event focussed on learning and improving navigation skills.
This event is for anyone who would like to improve their navigation skills, not just leaders. This is a friendly course run by an experienced group of leaders who will teach navigation skills, and help others improve existing skills.
We will aim for an average of 6-8 participants per leader. There is very little classroom based stuff, so we will be doing most of the teaching out on the hills on Saturday, where you will be spending most of the day on a walk and training.
We will be based in the heart of the Lake District so we can access most areas to challenge and teach your navigation skills. We will try to work with you, developing outcomes that will help you gain the confidence for when out walking on your own, with a group, or even leading a group. Whether you are currently one of our leaders or not, this course should help give you a firmer grasp on navigating in the lowlands, hills or mountains.
We will be teaching mountain navigation skills which can then be adapted to any setting. There is no push to become a leader; this is purely for your own benefit and you can decide.
Please bring a OL7 MAP Map of The Lake District: South-eastern area and a compass
- 7pm – Welcome, Campsite rules etc, Brief of what will happen over the course of the weekend
- Classroom teaching 2 hours
- Classroom 2 hours AM
- Walking navigation training
- Local night nav (Optional) to be discussed
- Morning activity
- Leave at lunch
Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs.
Caravans, Campervans, Motorhomes: This event is intended for tent camping only, however caravans etc may be possible at additional cost - please check with the office on firstname.lastname@example.org who will liaise with the venue on your behalf.
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What to bring
Hand sanitiser and a face covering: whilst we are living with Covid-19, please bring your own to events to help keep everyone safe
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.
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered 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)
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, 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 or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
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 should bring your own food for camping. Bring lunches for walks, and food for the entire weekend.
There is a pub nearby but unsure on their food catering currently.