Is It For Me? Course Prerequisites:
Want to brush up on your navigation before the winter season starts or are you after helpful tips and tricks to help you deal with the white room and make you a more confident and safer navigator.
This one day course is aimed at fully winterising your navigation skills. Here on the West coast of Scotland we have some of the most varied and challenging navigational terrain anywhere in the UK our expert instructors are used to dealing with whatever the weather throws at them and are keen to pass this knowledge onto you. This course offers a much more comprehensive look at winter navigation than our others and is perfect for people looking to take their skills to the next level.
To get the most out of the course we recommend that you have some summer and winter hill walking experience. This course assumes basic competence as a summer navigator and winter hill walker (including having used an axe and crampons). The course will be practical and hill based but may start with confirmation of core skills locally.
This course will introduce you to the skills required for confident and competent navigation in winter poor visibility conditions.
This course runs with a instructor/client ratio of no more than 1:6. Your instructor will speak to you prior to the course to discuss everyone’s’ aspirations and abilities to allow him to plan the programme around this. The main topics to be covered are:
- Ground to map and map to ground interpretation skills including contour interpretation
- Use of compass for taking and following bearings
- Distance measuring
- Navigation strategies for poor visibility conditions
- Relocation skills
- Route planning to avoid hazards such as avalanche prone slopes and hidden water hazards
- A limited amount of technical input on walking with ice axe and crampons where required
The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.