Explorers Connect

Intermediate Navigation Skills
3rd-5th Apr 2020

Build your confidence to venture off the beaten track and across more varied terrain, with our navigation course that encompasses the nationally-recognised Silver NNAS Award and a whole lot more, including night navigation and wild camping.

Duration: 3 days | Location: Peak District | Price: from £195


OVERVIEW

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Have you ever followed a path only to discover it disappears into impenetrable bracken? Or thought you had a route nailed only to stumble upon marshland that requires a major diversion? Our Intermediate Navigation Skills weekend in the Peak District will prepare you for situations such as these and a whole lot more.

Over the course of the weekend, on top of the core course content from the nationally-recognised Silver NNAS Award (see below for full syllabus), we will also venture out under the cover of darkness to run through the basics of night navigation, provide an Introduction to Wild Camping, go through kit selection and how to pack your bags, and offer advice on emergency 'get yourself out of trouble' techniques.

Accommodation and meals are included, so you don’t need to search for somewhere to stay, and instead have the opportunity to meet new friends to go on adventures with in the future - to put your new navigation skills into practise.

At the end of the weekend, you’ll walk away fully confident to explore outdoors on your own, or with friends.


COURSE CONTENT

Over the course of the weekend, we will cover the full Silver NNAS Award course syllabus, and will issue official certificates for successful completion of the following:

  • Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze Award in the context of Silver Award navigation strategies.

  • Relate small hills, small valleys, prominent re-entrants and prominent spurs to their corresponding map contours. Use prominent hills, ridges, spurs and valleys as a means of navigation in good visibility.

  • Use landforms and point features to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features.

  • Use a compass to: Accurately follow a bearing; aim off; check the direction of handrails and other linear features.

  • Deviate briefly from a compass bearing to avoid obstacles or difficult terrain and accurately regain the original line.

  • Use back bearings to check route following accuracy.

  • Measure distance on the ground in varied, open terrain using timing and pacing and make practical allowances for any discrepancies.

  • Simplify legs using coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation.

  • Recognise dangerous or difficult terrain on map and ground.

  • Plan and implement navigational strategies based on the above skills.

  • Maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.

  • Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.

  • Understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground.

  • Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or extreme weather conditions.

  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid items for walking in open country in all weather conditions.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Countryside Code, current access legislation and the environmental impact of walkers on the countryside.

  • Understand the responsibilities of walkers towards other countryside interests such as farming, forestry and conservation.

We will also include the following:

  • A night hike with basic night navigation

  • Introduction to Wild Camping, including site selection, rules about where you can camp, and wilderness considerations (e.g. Leave No Trace)

  • Kit selection, acquisition and how to pack your bags

  • Emergency ‘get yourself out of trouble’ techniques


ITINERARY

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Day 1 (Friday): Your host, Neil, will welcome you at the accommodation from 6pm. On arrival, you’ll meet the rest of the group and receive a welcome brief. Over dinner or a drink, Neil will give a refresher on some basic map reading skills for all those who are interested.

Day 2 (Saturday): After breakfast, you’ll have a brief classroom session before heading straight out. Over the course of the day, you’ll go through accurate use of a compass, navigation off paths and tracks, accurate navigation across open countryside, use of timings and pacing to measure distance accurately, and identification of areas to be avoided, stopping mid-way through for a picnic lunch. At the end of the day you’ll head back to the lodge for a hearty home-cooked dinner. For those who feel like venturing out under the cover of darkness, Neil will then lead a short night hike, to cover off basic night navigation skills.

Day 3 (Sunday): Over breakfast Neil will go through a short Introduction to Wild Camping, where you’ll be encouraged to pick a spot on a map that looks good for wild camping. You’ll then venture out to cover off more navigation tuition and exercises, and to find some of the wild camp spots identified to see what they look like in real life. Again, you’ll stop for a picnic lunch mid-way through the day, and at the end you’ll return to the accommodation to make your way home.


COURSE LEADER

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Your Course Leader for this adventure is the one-and-only Neil Froggitt. Neil began his career as a divemaster exploring the hidden depths of the ocean. Since then he has been developing his skills above the waterline extending to paddle sports, trekking and navigation in both lowlands and mountainous areas.

A consummate professional with a huge passion for outdoor adventure, Neil has led numerous trips for Explorers Connect, and perfectly brings to life our ethos of gently encouraging people outside their comfort zone to discover just what they are capable of, whilst ensuring everyone is having a lovely time and making new friends.

You can find out more about the core values that run through all our trips here


ACCOMMODATION & FOOD

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Included in the price is two night's accommodation at a cosy lodge that is an ideal base from which to explore the Peak District, one of the best walking areas in the country. Full details will be provided on booking.

Dinner on the Friday night is not included as people arrive at different times, so please eat en route or feel free to make use of the self-catering facilities available.

Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday mornings is included, as is a lovely home-cooked dinner on Saturday night.

You will need to bring your own provisions for packed lunches on both days.


DIFFICULTY LEVEL

This course is open to all but some navigation experience will be useful.

You will need to be fit enough to enjoy two day’s hiking in the hills, approx 7-8 hours on Sat and approx 4-5 hours on the Sunday


DATES & PRICE

  • Dates: This adventure runs from 6pm on Friday 3rd April to approximately 4pm on Sunday 5th April 2020

  • Earlybird: Book before 31st January 2020 - £195 for members, £210 for non-members

  • Price: 31st January onwards - £210 for members, £225 for non-members

  • Terms & Conditions: Click here for our cancellation policy and Ts&Cs

  • N.B. If you would like to book your place with a deposit please call the office, we’re happy to arrange this for you. Tel 0117 405 7497

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REVIEWS

Great fun - I would recommend to anyone wishing to advance or refresh their navigation skills
I feel much more confident after what I’ve learned - even re-instilling things I’d forgotten I’d done!
Met so many like-minded people and improved my navigation skills - a really fun weekend, thank you!

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QUESTIONS?

If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.


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