Grange Fell Navigation Training Day

28 06 2013

An enjoyable day running a Navigation Training Day on Grange Fell in the Borrowdale Valley.

We started off the day by running through the Map and it’s symbols at the car before heading off on some easy ‘legs’ to start the day. We covered hand-railing and catchment features before climbing the steeper staircase onto the top of Grange Fell. We spent most of the afternoon running through bearings and navigational tactics, essentially incorporating all that was taught.

We descended from the summit to Rosthwaite, from which we enjoyed a gentle jaunt back along the river to Grange.

Lakeland Mountain Guide’s often host Navigation Courses from £50pp. We cater for beginners right through to Advanced Navigators.

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GPS Training Course

27 01 2013

Today I met Carolyn and Paul in Chapel Stile to run a GPS training Course. They are both confident navigators but fancied getting a GPS for back-up for when the going gets really tough. We started the day by running through all the features on their Garmin 62s, and how to get the best out of the unit.

We set a route up on the GPS from Chapel Stile to the summit of Silver How. It was quite a windy day, and pretty wet underfoot as unfortunately all the snow has been either washed away or melted- bad times! Nonetheless, we enjoyed our walk up to the summit, even if Paul did take us over some odd ground on the way as he was quite intent on making his way directly to the next waypoint he had plotted, a lesson was learnt there for sure! haha

On the summit we simulated a ‘GPS faliure’ and got the map out. The scenario was simple, their GPS had stopped working, they were on the summit (hypothetically in the mist) and needed to get off safely. I handed Paul a map and told him to take us to a tarn about 500m away. This was a great opportunity Paul to practice his map skills, and for me to also give him a couple of hints while doing so. We reached the tarn perfectly and opted to stop for a bite to eat out of the wind.

After lunch we plotted our return route back down into Chapel Stile. Crackin’ day out on the fells, one that was long overdue!

If you have a GPS and want to learn how to get the best out of it, or want to come on a course and use one before you buy, then Lakeland Mountain Guides run a course tailored to your needs!





Advanced Navigation Course

13 10 2012

Today I had the pleasure of running an Advanced Navigation Course. The aim of the course was to touch on the finer points of navigation, so instead of following paths and using obvious junctions, we headed for a secluded little patch of Lakeland up by Bessyboot.

This little area holds all sorts of interesting features, as was actually the setting for many night navigation sessions before I did my Mountain Leader Award. Nobody particularly wants to be out on the hills on a horrible day, but if you ever want cloud, it would be on a navigation course! Not that I am complaining, but typically today was gorgeous!

We met in Seatoller and made our way up towards Tarn at Leaves, a beautiful and very quiet little spot! From there we climbed a short distance to the top of Bessyboot, from which we spent the afternoon focussing on bearings and pacings. We had a fab time wandering around this little fell, and so did Lexi when she went for a dip in one of the tarns!

As well as Advanced Navigation Courses I also run Beginners Navigation Courses for anyone who wants to start from scratch.