Map & Compass One-day Course.

A practical session for up to 6 people

Course Aims

The course is designed to enable hillwalkers to navigate safely & independently, using Ordnance Survey map & compass.  Course content is based upon the requirements of MLTE, and covers the basic practical skills and knowledge needed to navigate safely in a British mountain environment.

Who's it for?

This course is for those who want to spend most of the day outdoors learning and practicing their skills. The course caters for newcomers to navigation as well as people with some experience who wish to formalise and develop their skill.  Students should be able to walk at a steady pace for at least 6 miles over rolling, sometimes steep & variable terrain, in prevailing weather conditions.

Course Content
Map basics;
National Grid / references
Map types & scales
Map symbols
Contour theory

Distance measurement
Route planning & timing
Comparing map with landscape & Contour interpretation          
Using the Compass - Various techniques
Mountain Safety  & tips for bad weather
Self location Tools & techniques
Navigation Practice - Individuals or small groups

What to bring

Full outdoor clothing (including waterproofs, boots, fleece or similar, warm hat & gloves) pack lunch & drinks. Maybe sun cream & hat.  

Provided by MC

Maps, compasses, handout material, classroom tea and coffee,.

What next?

Further practice & experience, then maybe training for Walking Group Leader (WGL) or Mountain Leadership (ML) awards.