Thursday, 27 March 2014

Hill Skills Courses in The Peak District

Learning Hill Skills on Eyam Moor
Hill Skills will be run at weekends from our base in The Peak District, the weekends of 17th & 18th May  and  18th & 19th October. These are non-residential courses and cost £85, (though in addition you will need to register with Mountain Training for an additional cost of £20).

The Hill Skills Course will teach you:  To read a map and navigate;  How to Plan a Walk;
About equipment and clothing for hill walking;  The effects of weather in the hills;
About the upland environment;  and  How to deal with emergencies.

Learning Navigation
Day 1            Saturday
We meet at 9.30am in the village of Foolow, using the village hall as our base for the day.

After a short indoor session learning about maps and navigation we go out for a walk practising map reading and navigation techniques and relating the map to features on the ground. 

A working lunch back in the village hall where we plan our route for the afternoon, which takes us across open moorland navigating using a compass and pacing distances.

Returning to the village hall, we finish with a session about clothing, equipment, weather, and emergencies and plan our route for the next day.

We expect to finish around 6pm.

Learning to move safely on steeper ground
Day 2  Sunday
Having already planned our route, we meet near Edale at 9.30am for the start of a full day out on Peak District Moorland.  You will be involved in both the navigation and route choices.

During the day we will talk about the moorland environment, work being done in the Peak District to preserve this and how hill walkers can minimise their impact.

We expect to finish after a final "de-brief" around 5pm.

Silva "Expedition 4" Compass

Mountain Skills Course – 2nd May Bank Holiday Weekend 24th, 25th and 26th May

Mountain Skills Course   – 2nd May  Bank Holiday Weekend 24th, 25th and 26th May

There’s quite a lot to cram into a weekend Mountain Skills Course, so we at Peak Navigation Courses are seizing the opportunity to spread the course over three days and ensure that course participants get the most from the course.

Scrambling in Langdale

Learning Navigation
Based in Keswick, The Lake District, we have planned the following:

The course starts at 10.00am with introductions and a indoor session about navigation. We then go out for a walk where we put our navigation skills into practice, identifying “contour” features, walking on a compass bearing and learn a bit about pacing and timing. We’ll move onto some steeper ground and look at techniques for safe movement on steep ground and easy scrambling.

Mid afternoon we return to Keswick and have a session in a local equipment shop discussing and comparing different makes, models, etc. followed by tea and cake!

We then return for a final session looking at equipment to carry, weather and planning our route for Sunday. Finish approx. 6pm.

We’ll meet in Braithwaite at 9:30 and walk the Coledale Horseshoe a walk of about 14 Km with a height gain of 1250m.  All course participants will be involved in the route finding and navigation. During the day we will talk about the mountain environment, assessing risk and getting help should things go wrong.

At the end of the walk we’ll hold a short de-brief on the days adventure, questions and answers. We’ll then plan our route for Monday. Finishing around 4.30pm.

We’ll meet in Threkeld at 9:30 and make a circuit on Blencathra, ascending Hall’s Fell Ridge.

A short de-brief and the course will end around 3pm.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Hill Skills and Mountain Skills Courses

Hill Skills and Mountain Skills Courses

Mountain Training (formally Mountain Leader Training) are about to launch two new awards: Hill Skills and Mountain Skills.  Peak Navigation Courses have been chosen as one of the first organizations to run these courses on behalf of Mountain Training.

Unlike the other awards which are about leading others, Hill Skills and Mountain Skills are  about personal competence so that those new to Hill Walking and Mountain Walking can learn the basics of being safe in the hills or mountains, from qualified professionals .

Mountain Navigation
Both Hill Skills and Mountain Skills courses can be delivered over a weekend.  For Hill Skills, Peak Navigation Courses will run these in the hills of the Peak District.  For Mountain Skills, we believe that this course can only be delivered in genuinely mountainous areas so we will run these courses in The Lake District.

Hill Skills and Mountain Skills are aimed at those who are either new to walking in the hills and mountains or those who have just “tagged along” with others and want to learn for themselves. Topics covered will include:
Navigation; Weather; Clothing and Equipment; Environment and Conservation; Movement Skills; Emergency Procedures and how to summon help.

To gain one or both of these awards you will need to register with Mountain Training.  (registrations only start after 1st April). You can book your place on one of our courses now!

Safe movement on steep ground
Date:  17th and 18th May
Location: Foolow, The Peak District
Cost: £85

Date:  24th, 25th and 26th May
Location:  Keswick, The Lake District
Cost: £120