Thursday, 31 January 2013

NNAS Course Dates and Prices 2013, by Peak Navigation Courses

Dates for our NNAS training and Assessment Courses 2013.

Peak Navigation Courses have now finalised the dates for their NNAS courses in 2013. Our cost for these 2 day NNAS Courses is £85 (non residential).

Learning to use a compass
Bronze NNAS:           
25th and 26th May
12th and 13th October
9th and 10th November
both days based from Foolow 
in the Peak District

Silver NNAS:                       
1st and 2nd June
19th and 20th October
16th and 17th November
day 1, based from Foolow;  
day 2, near Edale

For the Bronze and Silver courses, you don’t have to commit to a whole weekend, you can mix and match the dates to suit you,    i.e. for bronze you could have day 1 on 25th May and day 2 on 13th October.

Gold NNAS Training:            Based on Keswick in the Lake District
26th and 27th October
Navigating to the stone circle on Eyam Moor
Our cost for all of the 2 day NNAS Courses is £85.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

NNAS Courses being run by Peak Navigation Courses

NNAS Courses being run by Peak Navigation Courses

Peak Navigation Courses are pleased to now be delivering NNAS (National Navigation Awards) in The Peak District.  We have recently been accredited as NNAS trainers and will be adding a full list of courses into our autumn programme.  It will however be possible to gain the silver award by arrangement (completing both our Introduction to Moorland Navigation Course and our Intermediate Navigation Course with some assessment built in).

Locating our position on the map
The Bronze training and assessment will be a two day course based from the village of Foolow.  The two days can be consecutive or spaced out over different weekends.  Day one being our normal 1st Steps to map reading and navigation course but day two being a newly devised day specific to the bronze syllabus and allowing time for assessment.

Learning to use a compass
The silver training and assessment will follow the present courses that we run, Introduction to Moorland Navigation (based from Foolow) and Intermediate Navigation (on Kinder Scout), though there will be a formal route planning exercise introduced for NNAS candidates which is currently not compulsory for people attending the Intermediate course.

If the take up of courses is as good as we expect then we will introduce Gold NNAS training and assessment in 2014 though this will be based in the Lake District.

Cost for 2013 for either bronze or silver NNAS, £85 for the 2 days.

Plotting a bearing to the Stone Circle on Eyam Moor

Although NNAS set a tutor / student ratio for Bronze and Silver as a maximum of 1:6,            we shall be offering a maximum of:

1:5 for Bronze NNAS;            and
1:4 for Silver NNAS.

Winter Navigation in the Snow

Navigation in the Snow

Peak Navigation Courses run navigation training throughout the year in The Peak district National Park.  For the past two weeks we have been enjoying (?) some snowy conditions which give a different slant to walking and navigating in the hills.

Yesterdays “Intermediate” Navigation Course went ahead albeit with an altered itinerary. Just walking in deep snow takes substantially more effort which is compounded when walking off path and through steep terrain.  There was further heavy snowfall through the night before the course and only four of the eight booked made it through (though this did include students attending from Cambridge and Luton).

Some "re-location" near the bottom of Jacob's Ladder
Then it was off path taking various zig zags from one attack point to another through “The Cloughs” to locate the wreckage of two old aircraft wrecks.

A further steep ascent to The Wool Packs led us to the Edge Path which we followed practising pacing and timing locating various points before our steep descent off path to the bottom of Crowden Brook.

One of the good points about a day led by two qualified International Mountain Leaders in the snow was the quality of instruction and the range of topics covered.  Not only was the day about navigation but discussions ensued about snow, avalanche equipment for winter conditions and a range of other related topics.

The top of Crowden Brook

Because the day didn’t cover all the topics we have normally hoped to on our standard intermediate course, we’ve offered everyone the opportunity to book back on to another Intermediate Navigation Course once the snow melts!

So those who missed because of the snow will get the chance to come and do the course.

Some positive comments about the course have come in already:

"Many thanks for an excellent day today. I enjoyed the day, learnt a lot with a very affable group and the scenery was excellent – can’t ask for more really!
Best wishes

"Just to say thanks again for a great day out yesterday - suffice to say I slept well last night! I will probably try and join the course again sometimes soon in non-Winter conditions, but I did feel like I learned plenty yesterday. Look forward to seeing you in March.
Best wishes...

Peak Navigation Courses are based in The Peak District and run a range of navigation courses from absolute beginner to experts wanting some “refresher” training.  All of our courses are led by qualified Mountain Leaders.