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Intermediate Navigation Course

Type:Outdoor

The Adventure Hub, Hope Valley Garden Centre Hope Road
Bamford
Bamford
S33 0AL

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Intermediate Navigation Course

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You have been navigating the tracks and trails effectively for some time now and are keen to explore some of the more remote, wild and special corners of the UK. We can give you the skills to venture off-piste and explore the vast swathes of heather clad wilderness that hide some of this island’s best kept secrets. Your world is about to get a whole lot bigger, what will you discover?

A two day practical Peak District Navigation Course focused on advancing your skills to get you out exploring wilder and more remote parts of the UK. Aimed at navigators with experience who want to push away from the paths and tracks, our Intermediate Navigation Course offers a broader insight into more advanced navigation as well as essential skills for safety, planning and kit selection. You'll also cover the effects of weather, how to deal with emergencies and gain a valuable understanding of Britain's upland environment.

Beginning with a brief refresh of the basics we then look to develop effective compass skills including accurately following a bearing, back bearings, attack points and aiming off. We'll also cover practical techniques for holding bearings in poor visibility as well as identifying and negotiating dangerous and difficult terrain. Along the way you'll hone effective relocation strategies in a variety of terrains using compass techniques and contour interpretation.

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### Day 1
9:30 Arrive at The Adventure Hub

Your instructor will welcome you and discuss the aims of the course and your own aspirations over a great cup of fresh Italian coffee or tea. The day starts with a brief theory session introducing maps, access rights, key skills and discussing key strategies that are relevant to wild navigation. Safety in the hills will underpin this session. You'll need to collect maps and compasses and check that your rucksack is suitably packed ready for what the weather may throw at you.

10:15 Travel to location for the day

The exact location will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. We typically aim to walk straight out from the Adventure Hub. Any remote location will usually be within 15 minutes drive of The Adventure Hub in which case we will travel dressed and ready to walk immediately upon arrival.

10:30 Practical navigation session

Your instructor will demonstrate new practical skills and give you the chance to practise before progressing with harder skills and navigation targets. We cover safe and effective movement over challenging terrain and the route for the day will encourage new techniques to be adopted rapidly. A lot of time will be spent exploring the compass as an aid to navigation and using it in conjunction with other effective navigation strategies.

16:30 Back to The Adventure Hub

Once we are off the hill we will return to The Adventure Hub. With fresh coffee in hand, we summarise the key learning points from the day's adventure, discuss your progress so far and set some personalised development targets for day two.


### Day 2
9:30 Arrive at The Adventure Hub

The second hill day we shift independence and leading over to you whilst we refine and consolidate on the learning from day one and continue to push your appreciation and use of contour features.

10:00 The challenge

Once we have got you back out on the hill you will strike out on a route of your own devising to practise and consolidate. As you become more confident your instructor will offer you the chance to further extend your skills by setting increasingly and suitably challenging targets for you to guide the group to. You will choose a suitable navigation strategy in discussion with your instructor, execute it and reflect on it afterwards. Your fellow group members will use this as an opportunity to track and relocate themselves once you arrive at your destination.

16:30 Back to The Adventure Hub

Once we are off the hill you will return to the Adventure Hub for the final time. Here we'll discuss your overall progress and set you some personalised development targets to get you fulfilling your personal ambitions in the weeks and months to come. Hopefully you will be back for more soon!

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What's included

What's included

  • Equipment Provided - Maps and compasses can be provided as required

What to bring

What to bring

  • Drink
  • Food
  • Warm Clothing
  • Waterproofs

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