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Discover Navigation Skills (1 Day)

Introduction Level - 1 day | Prices from £65.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 16 reviews

Learn the fundamental skills of navigation, map setting, interpreting scales, contours and how to keep track of where you are.  We use a range of maps and fun exercises to demystify the subject and build confidence. This one day course can be combined with the improver navigation one day course.

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Dates & Prices

04/05/19
Cost (with accommodation): £90.00
Cost (no accommodation): £65.00
01/06/19
Cost (with accommodation): £90.00
Cost (no accommodation): £65.00
22/06/19
Cost (with accommodation): £90.00
Cost (no accommodation): £65.00
11/07/19
Cost (with accommodation): £90.00
Cost (no accommodation): £65.00
17/08/19
Cost (with accommodation): £90.00
Cost (no accommodation): £65.00
16/09/19
Cost (with accommodation): £90.00
Cost (no accommodation): £65.00
28/09/19
Cost (with accommodation): £90.00
Cost (no accommodation): £65.00
07/10/19
Cost (with accommodation): £90.00
Cost (no accommodation): £65.00

Is It For Me?

For this 1 day course there is no need for any previous mountain or navigation experience, although experience of some summer hill walking and being familiar with an Ordnance Survey map would be useful. Using a map and compass and the associated skills of navigation in the hills are the main focus in this day. Every course is slightly different depending on the weather conditions and the group aspirations but we will cover all the main subject areas listed below.

Course Aims

This course will introduce you to the core techniques required for confident mountain and hill navigation in summer conditions using a map and compass.

Course Content

You will usually be in a group of no more than 6 with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the morning of your course provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and aspirations.

The day is usually spent around the Glenmore Lodge grounds and the local area where we can use a variety of maps and build up the basics of map setting, following a route and introducing the compass.

Initially, using a map scale of 1 cm to 50m we can provide a fun and rapid learning experience with lots of opportunity for practice without the worry of the elements and hazards of the hills.

Effective use of the compass requires other skills such as taking bearings, learning about pacing and timings to help you keep track of your progress and also relocation skills for when you are uncertain of your location.

Route planning, from guidebooks, maps and taking into account information about the weather and how fast you walk should help you to make sound decisions when planning your hill days. Understanding the weather forecast and interpreting its influence on your journey is often key to enjoying a day in the hills, so we incorporate this into the planning of the day.

Our one day course start at 09.00, if you could aim to arrive by 0830 so teaching time is not lost.  Packed Lunches will need to collected,  flasks can be filled in our dining room and stores will be open from 08.30. The day will finish around 16.30 – 17.00 with a review of the day and tea and cake.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.

GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Leather Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Day Sac

Equipment you need to bring which we do not have in stores:

Listed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Informal clothing for leisure wear
  • Warm outdoor wear
  • Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
  • General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
  • Thick socks
  • Spare fleece/insulated jacket
  • Hat & gloves***
  • Whistle
  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended ***
  • Map information – we encourage everyone on mountain courses to have a map covering the Northern Cairngorms with a 10km radius from the ski area. There are now a range of scales and maps available OS 1:50,000, OS 1:25,000 and Harvey Map 1:40,000. For candidates on any NGB course such as Mountain Leader summer, you should have a 1:50,000 map and ideally one other scale. For non qualification courses any scale is fine, OS 1:50,000 map sheet 36 covers the widest area, but the Harvey 1:40,000 has a lot of additional information on the back of it, however it is useful to have the Silva Mark 4 compass with the 1:40,000 scale on it, (only available since 2010).

If you have digital mapping and can print off map sheets a suggested area would be:

NW corner NH8514         NE corner NJ0314

SW corner NN8593          SE corner NO0393

That will be about 4 sheets of A4 if you use the 1:50,000 scale.

From time to time we will use other areas outside the northern Cairngorms in which case we will supply appropriate mapping.

  • All maps need to be in a waterproof case. Maps and map cases are not a stores item but can be purchased from our shop.
  • Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) / dry bags
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Blister kit/ small first aid kit
  • Suncream – you just never know! ***
  • Midge Repelant***

Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.

Course Pre-Requisites

Fitness for a day of hill walking.

No previous mountain or navigation experience, although experience of some summer hill walking and being familiar with an Ordnance Survey map would be useful.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 16 reviews Read all reviews

An excellent course which should be a must for all hillwalkers.
Stewart Ronnie Reviewed on 17/04/2017
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An excellent course - well taught in manageable stages, building up to more difficult ideas. Everything was explained clearly and demonstrated with a "hands on" approach. I definitely recommend it!
Marj Adams Reviewed on 21/10/2015
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Excellent course taken by two very good instructions in terms of learning and patience.
Great location with surroundings and accommodation. Lots of cake which is always good.
Only thing would be to have firmer pillows but very small point.
Fiona Berrie Reviewed on 20/10/2015
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I found the course extremely interesting and relevant. The instructors were both very friendly and knowledgeable. Adapted and tailored course to the group really well. I was slightly nervous about learning nav but they put me completely at ease. Facilities and catering excellent !
Sarah Sigley Reviewed on 20/10/2015
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I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was exactly what I was looking for and will be back next year for the next course. Johnny was an excellent instructor working with my group at our pace.
Susan Smith Reviewed on 19/10/2015
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I did not stay so cannot comment on the accommodation and I only had the packed lunch. The course taught me what i wanted to know and was excellent. Will definitely do the improvers course in the future.
Neil Goodall Reviewed on 19/10/2015
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Very enjoyable course despite the wet weather & midges!
Anne Milne Reviewed on 22/08/2015
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The day totally met my expectations and I found Nigel to be a really good instructor. He asked about the participants' expectations and preferences and tailored the day to suit. My objective was to feel a bit more confident with a map and compass, and this was achieved. Thank you for a great day.
Caroline Shepherd Reviewed on 08/08/2015
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I had a great day. Enjoyed the course and instructor was great. I look forward to attending another course soon.
Vanessa Pirie Reviewed on 07/07/2015
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Thoroughly enjoyable course - great attitude from the instructor (Mick), who was very adept at managing the group, assessing aims, and generally holding the group's attention 100% of the time. I've already recommended to 3 people!
Glen Littlejohn Reviewed on 08/06/2015
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Calummurdo Kennedy Reviewed on 08/06/2015
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So glad I took this course! Great value for money and a brilliant day out. I learned much more than I thought I could in one day, on a subject that I had no clue about before the course. Monty is an excellent, expert and engaging instructor and made sure that he addressed everyone's learning objectives. Not only do I now have the confidence to look at and follow a map and plan my own course, I also feel I have a good idea of how to estimate distance and required pace for the activities I want to take part in. Glenmore Lodge is a welcoming, well appointed and impressive venue and I hope to return some time soon. Thanks for making this day course available.
Susan Leonard Reviewed on 08/06/2015
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Thanks to Monty for a fun and informative day. Lots of useful information provided that will hopefully stop us getting lost on the hills (Sorry Monty - I mean temporarily unsure of our position)

We are considering booking the follow-up course, once be have been out to test what we have learned.

Gail Bultitude Reviewed on 05/05/2015
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A really fantastic weekend at Glenmore. The weather wasn't perfect but Keith was flexible with the itinerary to ensure we got the most out of it. Facilities are great and it's particularly helpful to have equipment to borrow from stores. Catering was very good. Thanks for a great weekend.
Joanne Renton Reviewed on 05/05/2015
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The whole weekend was absolutely brilliant. Couldn't have asked for a more knowledgeable, friendly and approachable instructor. Keith really took the time to ensure each of us were building on our current skills and that the weekend's content was suited to our needs. The accommodation was very comfortable (bit cold - couldn't seem to get heating to work in evening, but v warm in morning!). The chef was so helpful with my wheat-free needs and the food was delicious, nutritious and filling for a day on the hills! I'll definitely be back!!
Diana Ellis Reviewed on 05/05/2015
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Linda Cameron Reviewed on 04/05/2015
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk or 01479 861256

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