Monday, 13 October 2014

Instructor on NNAS Silver Navigation Award

I had an absolutely superb weekend teaching navigation on the hills around Derwent and Edale in the Peak District this weekend. The course I was instructing on was a two day NNAS Silver Award. I love taking those who don't know north from south through a weekend of instruction and leaving them at the end of the course feeling confident enough to lead others on the hill. Job done.  Once they've practiced a bit more and built on that confidence they'll take the next step and be back for some night nav tuition....such a great way to simulate poor weather conditions. Here's a selection of photographs from the weekend. I've posted a separate blog on the amazing cloud inversion we had on Sunday.

Day One, location: Foulstone Moor, Howden Moor and Derwent Edge

Practicing pacing on good ground
Pacing over rough ground
Relocating using a grouse butt
Walking on a bearing

Day Two, location: Edale Valley and up onto the Kinder Plateau

Sometimes walking on a bearing isn't going to take you over the best ground
Emerging from the cloud inversion in the Edale valley
Handrailing along the wall
Relocating on a linear feature using bearings
Is this the right stream crossing?
Taking a bearing - best done kneeling or sitting 
Kinder 590m trig point located
Walking on a bearing
Pacing and walking on a bearing over rough ground

Handrailing a clough

If these photos have inspired you to learn navigation but you don't know your handrail from your attack point then get in touch. This weekend was a NNAS Silver Award course for Will4Adventure but I also run bespoke private one-to-one or group tuition - course content is tailored to suit your level of knowledge (from beginner to advanced) and your pace of walking/running. I am available for instruction in the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Lake District. I've been walking and running in the hills for many years, competed in fell races that require navigation, orienteering events which are totally based on navigation, and safely got myself around hills and mountains in the UK and Europe.

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