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Contour Navigation Skills Course

The power of glaciers over millions of years have sculpted our wild terrain - shown on our maps through the language of contours. Are you using the most trustworthy of map details to their full advantage?

Contour Navigation Skills Course

Price : £89.00 per person

Location : Peak District

Duration : 1 day

Ratio : 1:6

What's Included :
  • Expert tuition
  • Use of all required navigation equipment
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free parking
  • Personalised feedback and development plan

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Highlights

  • Learn to read map contours correctly for ease of navigation
  • Learn how to transfer contour navigation into effective poor visibility navigation
  • Raise the navigation challenge on your future adventures

Course Overview

Strip away all of the detail from the world around you and you are left with the one thing that does not change - the shape of the ground at your feet. Learn how to navigate using the shape of the terrain now before the next glacier wipes the slate clean. On this course we will be using customised maps that have had all the additional details removed allowing you to focus your skills and navigate solely with the contours.

Course Outcomes

  • Develop your contour navigation skills
  • Confidently navigate away from tracks and paths using the shape of the land
  • Choose appropriate contour features as waypoints on your route
  • Learn effective relocation techniques

Course Information

YOUR CONTOUR NAVIGATION SKILLS COURSE

9:30 - 16:30


Get ready to learn everything you need to navigate safely and confidently during a fun and informative day that will focus on boosting your confidence and developing your appreciation of map contours.


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.

CLASSROOM SESSION

A brief theory session introducing and refreshing some key skills and discussing key strategies that are relevant to contour navigation. We will discuss Safety in the hills during this session.

COLLECT AND CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT

You'll need to collect maps and compasses and check that your rucksacks are packed 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 upping the ante with harder contour skills and navigation targets.

Learn how to read the gradient changes on the map and use them for practical navigation.

How to absorb and reflect on contour clues experienced under foot.

How to use the gradient of the ground to navigate swiftly.

Relocation techniques.

THE CHALLENGE

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. Using you new found knowledge you can plan a route and then execute it. Your instructor will always be on hand to provide support, advice and suggestions.

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.

  • Standard hillwalking gear including good waterproofs (jackets and trousers)
  • Good quality walking boots/shoes with a good tread
  • A good lunch, supply of snacks and a drink
  • Warm clothing including spare layers, gloves and hat
  • We provide maps and have some compasses available to borrow or buy, do bring your own compass if you have one

A solid foundation in walking and navigating across open moorland is necessary. Experience and confidence moving through steeper or broken terrain is an advantage.

FAQs

Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: 16:30. Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.

View dates & book now

Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £199 per day. Click here to book a private course.