Thursday, 27 March 2014

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:

Saturday
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.






Sunday
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.


Monday
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.