Beginner Navigation Course

 

Beginner Navigation Course

Price GBP 65-180

Snowdonia / Brecon Beacons / 1-2 Days
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Would you love to have the skills to venture out into the wilder areas of the British Isles, but the fear of getting lost is holding you back? Maybe you’re a keen walker, but are limited in where and when you can go due to a lack of confidence in your navigation skills? It’s fair to say that the most beautiful and dramatic scenery in the UK is often the most difficult to navigate.

Whether you are a complete beginner or a competent navigator, Fitways Adventures have the perfect course for you. Our leaders pride themselves in taking the mystery out of navigation and will explain things in a simple and logical manner so you go away with the confidence and skills required to set out on your own.

Testimonials:
“An epic first day, battling the torrential conditions for 6 hours but we were all kept in high spirits and there was chocolate a plenty for extra motivation! I learned a vast amount in the first few hours and as the day went on, I felt more and more confident with my actions. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges we faced and working together to venture in to and out of the mountains. There was a great integration in the team and we were given the chance to compile our own journey on the second day and really use our newly acquired navigation skills to the max. Nick was the perfect host; very motivational and incredibly knowledgeable. I feel confident to go out and challenge myself to navigate my own walks and will definitely be joining Nick and the team on the hills for many more adventures to come.”

Overview

Mountain-Training

Days: 1 and 2 day options

Grade: Moderate

Instructor to client ratio: Maximum of 7 Clients per Instructor

Experience required:  No previous experience is required for this course

 
 

Who the course is for:

This course is perfect for people who have no navigation experience at all. The course will start with a warm welcome and take you through the fundamentals of Navigation in an easy to understand manner. This course is very practical and we will be outdoors for much of the day, so please come prepared with the necessary clothing and equipment. At Fitways Adventures, we like our courses to be relevant and fun, so during the day we will be venturing deep into the mountains of the Brecon Beacons.

Course Location

The courses detailed are scheduled to be delivered in the Brecon Beacons.  However, we would be delighted to run navigation courses in other regions such as Snowdonia, The Lake District or an area of your choice.  If you would like to discuss course options in other locations, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

1 Day

1 Day Beginner Course

You will leave this course with the confidence to plan a walk, venture out on your own and know what to do if anything goes wrong. Don’t expect to be an expert after just one day – this takes a lot of practice, but you will have a foundation that you can take away and build on. On the course we’ll be covering:

  • Outdoor Clothing & Equipment – please ensure you view the equipment list below
  • Introduction to a compass and how it’s used (maps & compasses provided)
  • Introduction to Maps – scales, keys, distances and contour lines
  • Taking a bearing from a map and walking on it
  • Route Planning (how to plan a great day out simply by looking at the map)
  • Grid references (this is the part that got everyone confused at school!)
  • Pacing and timing
  • Where you are allowed to walk (you can find this out by simply looking at the map)
  • Emergency procedures – what to do if you get lost or have a problem
  • Basic night navigation (2 day course only)
  • Practice, Practice & more Practice

Included in the price

  • Safety Briefing
  • Packed Lunch
  • Fully qualified Mountain Leader who will be instructing you during the day
  • Comprehensive navigation course as described
  • 15% discount voucher for Cotswold Outdoor stores

Course Timings

The course will commence at Storey Arms Car Park (LD3 8NL) at 10.00am, and will finish at approximately 4.30pm.

Maps

For this course, we will be using the:

OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL 12 Brecon Beacons National Park / Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog

Travel & Logistics

Unless previously agreed the single day events don’t include transport. We’ll communicate details of the start location (which will include parking) prior to the course start date.

2 Days

2 Day Beginner Course

Day 1

The first day will be identical to the 1 day course. However, there is a twist. After dinner in the evening, we will be heading back out into the mountains where you will be introduced to the basics of night navigation. During this 2 hour exercise, you will practice some of the skills you learned during the day, in complete darkness. This is a great skill to develop as it will give you the confidence to cope if weather conditions deteriorate, or of course if you don’t complete your walk before darkness falls.

Day 2

During the second day, we will practice the skills we learned the previous day/evening. On this day, we will take a real mountain walk, which you will plan (using a map) and take turns leading the group along the walk. Your leader will be on hand to help out at any stage, and will throw in fun navigational challenges to drive home the skills you have been learning. While the courses will be delivered in an extremely professional manner (the core of Fitways Adventures) you will be encouraged to enjoy yourselves in the mountains.

What the course covers

If we do our job correctly, you will leave this course with the confidence to plan a walk, venture out on your own and know what to do if anything goes wrong. Don’t expect to be an expert after just one day – this takes a lot of practice, but you will have a foundation that you can take away and build on. On the course we’ll be covering:

  • Outdoor Clothing & Equipment – please ensure you view the equipment list below
  • Introduction to a compass and how it’s used (maps & compasses provided)
  • Introduction to Maps – scales, keys, distances and contour lines
  • Taking a bearing from a map and walking on it
  • Route Planning (how to plan a great day out simply by looking at the map)
  • Grid references (this is the part that got everyone confused at school!)
  • Pacing and timing
  • Where you are allowed to walk (you can find this out by simply looking at the map)
  • Emergency procedures – what to do if you get lost or have a problem
  • Basic night navigation (2 day course only)
  • Practice, Practice & more Practice

Included in the price

  • Pick up en route between Maidenhead and the Brecon Beacons (M4 & A470)
  • Safety Briefing
  • Packed Lunch & snacks
  • Fully qualified Mountain Leader
  • Comprehensive navigation course as described
  • Bed and breakfast (shared rooms – usually twin)
  • Tea & coffee will be provided
  • Drop off en route between the Brecon Beacons and Maidenhead (A470 & M4)
  • 15% discount voucher for Cotswold Outdoor stores

Not included in the price

  • Breakfast and dinner on the Saturday

Course timings & logistics

The course will commence at Storey Arms Car Park (LD3 8NL) at 10.00am. The course will finish at approximately 4.00pm on day 2. The Fitways team will be leaving Maidenhead at 6.15am on day 1 and would be delighted to pick up course attendees en route (M4, A470). We would also be able to drop you off when the course has ended on day 2. Please do take advantage of this service – both from an environmental perspective and of course cost.

Maps

For this course, we will be using the:

OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL 12 Brecon Beacons National Park / Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog

Travel & Logistics

For 2 day events, our package includes transport. We would be delighted to pick you up in our comfortable vehicle en route between maidenhead and the event location. We encourage you to take advantage of this service – both from a cost and environmental perspective. Alternatively, you can meet your Mountain Leader at the start of the event – full details (with directions & parking information) will be communicated in advance of the event.

Travel to the Brecon Beacons

Depart Maidenhead:  6.15am
Arrive Brecon Beacons:  9.30am

The Route we will be taking:

M4 Maidenhead to Cardiff (Junction 8 – 32)
A470 Cardiff to Brecon

Locations to consider

  • Reading Services  (M4, Junction 11-12)  RG30 3UQ
  • Membury Services  (M4, Junction 14-15)  RG17 7TZ
  • Chieveley Services  (M4, Junction 13)  RG189XX
  • Magor Services  (M4, Junction 23A)  NP26 3YL

Note:  If you would like us to collect you from an alternative location, please contact us to discuss options.

Travel to Snowdonia

Depart Maidenhead:  5.30am
Arrival Snowdonia:  9.30am

The Route we will be taking

M40 High Wycombe to M42 (Junction 4-15)
M42 Junction (Junction 4 to 6)
M6 Junction (Junction 4 to 10)
M54 (Junction 1 to 7)
A5 Shrewsbury to Betws y coed

Suggested locations

  • M40 Oxford Services  (Junction 8A)  (OX33 1JN)
  • M40 Cherwell Valley Services  (Junction 10)  (OX27 7RD)
  • M40 Warwick Services Northbound  (Junction 12-13)  (CV35 0AA)
  • M6 Hilton Park Services  (Junction 10A-11)  (WV11 2AT)
  • M54 Telford Services  (Junction 4)  (TF11 8TG)

Note:  If you would like us to collect you from an alternative location, please contact us to discuss options.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Available Spaces
19 May, 2018 - 20 May, 20187
2 days in the Brecon Beacons£200
1 day in Brecon Beacons£70
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Note – Maximum of 7 clients per instructor

Extra Info

Equipment list

  • Small notepad and pencil
  • Map & Compass – we can provide these, but it’s a good idea to have your own.
  • Warm Hat (covering ears)
  • Gloves
  • Quality Waterproofs (Jacket & Trousers)
  • Backpack (ensure your gear is in a waterproof bag) Suggest 30 – 40 Litre
  • Blister plasters (we have found Compeed to be very effective)
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch (Required for 2 day courses only)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Flask of hot drink (optional)
  • Walking boots
  • Walking trousers – no jeans
  • Base Layer (T-shirt or long-sleeved top – not cotton)
  • Sports top or fleece (not cotton)
  • Spare warm top (jumper or 2nd fleece)
  • Water Bottle (1–2 Litres)

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