Intro to Navigation

This course represents the first steps in to the world of mountain navigation. We will take a refresher look at the basic map reading skills before moving on to look at the navigational techniques you may need to explore the pathed regions of our beautiful mountain landscape. 


These courses can be run in most locations, however, they are best run on lower mountains and rolling countryside, for example the Pentland or Ochil Hills, where there is a mix of paths and easy to navigate none pathed areas.


Topics discussed as part of this course:

  • What does a map actually represent (2D vs 3D),
  • Understanding of map scales,
  • Orientating the map correctly,
  • Use of orientated map to identify features,
  • Accurate grid references,
  • Contour interpretation,
  • Measuring distances on the map,
  • Measuring distances on the ground (e.g. Pacing & timing),
  • How to take and use compass bearings,
  • Understanging magnetic declination,
  • Navigational strategies (e.g. Legs, Hand rails, attack points, etc...),
  • Relocation techniques,
  • Knowledge of land use and access issues.


Although we aim to cover the entire list of topics above, these are completely customisable courses and we are happy to discuss your requirements and wishes and work around them. 


For this course we aim to provide custom maps (where possible) to aid your learning. We will bring these with us on the day. Clients are to supply a compass (Our recommendation is the Expedition 4 compass made by Silva).


Full Day - £120 for the first person, plus £30pp thereafter*, e.g:


1 Person = £120

2 People = £150

3 People = £180, etc...


These courses normally run with up to 8 people.


The costs above cover courses withing 50 miles of Edinburgh. Please note a small additional cost may be required if the course is to be run further afield. Please inform us of where you are based during booking.


Included in the Cost:

  • Instruction by a qualified Mountain Leader,
  • Waterproof map of the teaching area for each attendee (where possible),
  • Group access to any photos taken during the day.


When - This course can run any time of year excluding periods of complete snow cover.


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If there are any other courses or walks you are interested in, please don't hesitate to Contact Us to discuss your requirements.


Payments are to be ideally made via Direct Brank Transfer or Paypal (N.b. There is a 3.5% surcharge for Paypal payments). 


* There is 10% non-refundable deposit included within the stated prices to cover costs incurred upon unforced cancellation. 


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