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Mountain Navigation Course

Mountain Navigation Course

£110.00 per person

The Mountain Navigation Course from Original Outdoors aims to bring you to the point where you can pinpoint your location in any weather, day or night


Course Description

Mountain Navigation Course

Two-Day Mountain Navigation courses held in North Wales

£110.00 per person

This course is ideal for people who already feel confident with essential navigation skills they have learnt on our Basic Navigation Course, and want to develop their skills further. We revisit the basics such as map and compass work, but take it further to include pacing and timing over difficult terrain, mountain route planning, GPS and mapping software, as well as access issues and the CROW Act – plus emergency techniques.

You will be learning with one of our qualified Mountain Leaders, and you will get plenty of chance to practice your skills as you progress through the weekend. You won’t even need to take notes, as we will post or email information sheets to you after the course. You will not be forced to march vast distances over tough terrain, although we will expect to climb to the summit of at least one mountain on the second day. The pace of the course will be dictated by the ability of the group. Each of our instructors learnt to navigate from scratch, and they understand what it is like to learn a new skill in the outdoors.

The Mountain Navigation Courses takes place in the northern part of the Snowdonia National Park. We will meet each morning at a pre-arranged location (usually a cafe in Capel Curig) to suit the conditions and the group. The course is non-residential, but we can provide lists of local accommodation options if you are travelling from further afield.

Please see below for full course content.

The course runs 9:00am-5:00pm on the first day and 9:00am-3:00pm on the second day.

Course Content

  • Compass use and bearings on a variety of terrain
  • Maps, grid references and contours
  • Measuring distances (Timing and pacing plus other techniques)
  • Mountain route planning and emergency procedures
  • Reading the terrain and route choice in different conditions
  • River crossings and movement on steep terrain
  • GPS and mapping software use (including apps)
  • Day One

    We meet at a cafe in the valley and refresh map and compass skills on the table, and then head out into the surround foothills for a longer practical session. We will be walking for around 5hrs, but moving slowly and spending a lot of time looking at topography and working on micro navigation. We will then return to the cafe to plan the route for the next day.
    You will need a lunch for this day.

    Day Two

    For the second day we meet at the roadside at the base of one of the popular mountain ranges near Capel Curig. We will then head out into the mountains following the route plotted the day before. We will rotate through the responsibility of navigation for the group, with everybody leading the group at different times – always with support and coaching from the instructor.
    You will need to bring a lunch for this day.

    Course Location

    The Mountain Navigation Course from Original Outdoors takes place in the Snowdonia National Park and we normally work on Y Glyderau, Y Carneddau or Moel Siabod.

    Full joining instructions and meeting points will be sent out by email after you book a place on the course.


    Do I need to bring any equipment?

    There is a minimum equipment list but it is what you would expect for an outdoor training course. If you already have a compass we recommend that you bring it along, but we can supply one if you need one. We will also supply maps and information sheets.

    Can I bring a dog?

    Unfortunately not as we will be moving across rough ground and you will need to focus on your own safety PLUS maintaining your position

    How fit do I need to be?

    You need to be fit enough for two days of mountain walking. The pace is slow though, and the focus is on learning and skills not speed. If you have any questions about fitness then please get in touch.

    Additional Information

    Booking Date

    14th-15th April 2018, 1st-2nd September 2018, 2018 Gift Voucher


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    Who are we?

    Original Outdoors is an established outdoor activity and training provider in North Wales.
    We are passionate about the outdoors and share this through our training courses, activity days activity days and outdoor services.

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    Original Outdoors
    Maes Gwyn
    LL15 1UL

    +44(0)1824 703 121 (Office)
    +44(0)7799031128 (Richard)
    +44(0)7733220197 (Ann)


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