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Two day Introduction to Map and Navigation Skills

Type:Outdoor

Hathersage
Derbyshire
S32 1BN

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Two day Introduction to Map and Navigation Skills

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This 12 hour / 2 day map reading course aims to equip the novice with the navigation and hill skills to safely navigate paths and tracks on UK hills in summer conditions. Based in the Peak District National Park, this course is for those of you looking at getting started in the outdoors, or those just wanting to start again from a clean slate. We will look into all of the basics of map reading including some basic uses of the compass as you start your journey to master the art of navigation. .

A great introduction to the navigation skills you need to get out and about.

Topics we will cover include:

Equipment for the outdoors
Understanding map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps
6 figure grid references
Orientating the map with and without a compass
Identify land features and indicate direction of travel
Choose simple navigation strategies and routes
Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises
Estimate distance on both map and ground
Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation
Planning a safe, suitable walk
Relocating using simple techniques on paths and other handrails
Awareness of local and national access issues and access legislation
Countryside Code and procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency

### Day 1
We’ll meet up and head immediately into the café. Here we’ll talk about the day ahead and have a look at the map and at the day’s route. After talking about kit for the hill we’ll head out for the day and practice those navigation skills.


### Day 2
We'll spend the day out on the hill again, finishing by 4pm

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What's included

What's included

  • Equipment Provided - Maps and compasses provided

What to bring

What to bring

  • Drink - 1-2L of water, depending on the weather
  • Food - Please bring a packed lunch and snack for a day on the hill
  • Warm Clothing
  • Waterproofs

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