Why sprint for home when you can reach for the headtorch? Ending the adventure early because of dwindling light will be a thing of the past with this Night Navigation Skills Course.
As the sun sets the challenge really kicks in. If conditions are in your favour then the moon and stars will ease you into the journey but the most memorable nights provide swirling mists, confusing shadows and an ever growing seed of doubt.
By building on your existing navigation skills you can learn to fight the darkness and accurately hit your navigation targets with confidence. These courses start in the late afternoon as the sun is dipping below the horizon to give you plenty of practise out in the hills. Don't forget the spare head torch!
YOUR NIGHT NAVIGATION COURSE
16:30 - 22:00
Get ready to learn everything you need to navigate safely and confidently during a fun and informative evening that will focus on boosting your confidence and developing your night navigation technique.
ARRIVE AT THE ADVENTURE HUB
Your instructor will welcome you and discuss the aims of the course and you own aspirations over a great cup of fresh Italian coffee or tea.
A brief theory session introducing and refreshing some key skills and discussing key strategies that are relevant to night navigation. Safety in the hills at night will underpin this session.
COLLECT AND CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT
You'll need to collect maps and compasses and check that your head torches are charged and ready to go.
TRAVEL TO WALK LOCATION
The exact location will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. It will usually be within 15 minutes drive of The Adventure Hub. We will travel dressed and ready to walk immediately upon arrival.
PRACTICAL NAVIGATION SESSION
Your instructor will demonstrate key basic practical skills and give you the chance to practise before progressing to harder skills and navigation targets. You'll learn how to walk on a bearing at night with the use of a headtorch along with considering how to absorb and reflect on clues experienced in your immediate journey. How to use the gradient of the ground to navigate and relocation techniques will also be covered.
As you become more confident your instructor will offer you the chance to consolidate your skills by giving you a remote and suitably challenging target for you to guide the group to. You will get chance to battle the butterflies as the doubt creeps in. Stick to your guns and take stock of your journey and you will arrive on target and not a moment too soon.
BACK TO THE ADVENTURE HUB
Once we are off the hill we will return to The Adventure Hub. Here we'll discuss your progress so far and set you some personalised development targets.
Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses with the exception of Mountain Biking and Winter Skills where the minimum age is 18 unless accompanied by a parent.
We hold an AALA license and are able to take out children who are younger than 13, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family. There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!
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Location : Peak District
Duration : half day
Ratio : 1:6
Minimum age : 13
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