Navigation Skills For Hill And Mountain Walkers - 5 Day Non Residential
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 5 Days
  • 6 People to 1 instructor

Navigation Skills For Hill And Mountain Walkers - 5 Day Non Residential

  • Hike
  • Navigation
  • Intermediate


During this five-day non-residential course, you'll develop from having little or no navigational experience to having a firm understanding of mountain navigation techniques. It's a great way to rapidly develop a well-rounded knowledge of mountain navigation, or to consolidate and expand a basic grasp of traditional technique. You'll look at the traditional methods of navigation, using a map and compass before moving on to examine the benefits that modern technology can bring, using a handheld GPS system. All of this will, of course, be wrapped up with plenty of walking in the stunning Snowdonia hills, putting everything into practice in real situations to further your understanding and test your new knowledge.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

- You'll gain slick navigation skills in the mountains even when there are no footpaths or it's dark.

- Your expert guide will help you gain confidence in navigating your way using different techniques. Leaving you with a firm base of knowledge and skills that will come in handy for years to home.

- You’ll experience five days of fantastic walks in the Snowdonia landscape, and be inspired to go out and put your new knowledge into practice for yourself.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

Our itinerary is flexible as we review and reflect on each day before the next one's planned. We'll introduce you to all aspects of navigation in the hills, on a range of map scales, from simply choosing the right path to heading across trackless terrain with just contour features to go by. You'll also undertake poor visibility and night navigation, and we'll introduce you to electronic aids too.

Experience Required

You'll need some summer hillwalking experience, but no previous navigation experience is needed.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development.

What do I need to bring?
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How should I prepare?
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5 Days
Start Date
7th June, 2021
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This course will help you become

A competent and confident mountain navigator.

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