Mountain Navigation Course (L2)

Mountain Navigation Course (L2)

£125.00 per person

Advanced navigation course in the mountains of Snowdonia National Park.
The Level 2 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.


23rd-24th November 2019
4th-5th April 2020
1st-2nd August 2020
21st-22nd November 2020

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Mountain Navigation Course

Two-Day Mountain Navigation courses held in North Wales

£125.00 per person

This course is ideal for people who already feel confident with essential navigation skills they have learnt on our Basic Navigation Course (Level 1), 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

  • Latitude and longitude, BNG, grid references and position formats
  • Map symbol and contour interpretation
  • Compass use and taking bearings
  • Measuring distance via timing, pacing and other methods
  • Navigating away from paths and linear features
  • Strategies for navigating in poor visibility
  • Mountain route planning and emergency procedures
  • Planning safe routes
  • Preparing for emergency situations
  • River crossings and movement on steep terrain
  • GPS and mapping software use (including apps)
  • Reading the terrain and route choice in different conditions

2019 Course Dates

23rd-24th November 2019

2020 Course Dates

4th-5th April 2020
1st-2nd August 2020
21st-22nd November 2020

Course Timings – 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.

Course Timings – 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.

The Level 2 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.

A film from a client

This vlog was shot by Mark, one of the participants on the January 2019 Snowdonia course and shared with kind permission of him. This is the second day of the course where we take some of the lessons learned on Day 1 and put them into practice in some difficult terrain:

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Richard Prideaux

The primary instructor for this course is Richard Prideaux, the lead instructor for Original Outdoors.

Richard has spent the majority of his adult life working in the great outdoors. He specialises in wilderness skills, foraging and teaching search operations to our professional clients at our sister site outdoorprofessional.co.uk, where you can read more about him and his experience.

Amongst other things he is a qualified mountain leader, spent several years as an active member of one of the North Wales mountain rescue teams and regularly appears on screen and in print talking about foraging, bushcraft and survival and other essential outdoor skills.

Richard lives near Ruthin in North Wales.

Gift Vouchers for our Navigation courses

We sell gift vouchers for almost all of our public skills and experience courses. The vouchers are an e-voucher with a code, plus an A4 PDF that can be personalised with a short message for the person receiving it.

How it works

The process works like this:

  1. You can either choose a specific course date, or choose ‘Gift Voucher’ if you just want the recipient to choose a date for themselves
  2. Once you have chosen either a date or a voucher AND the number of places then click through to the checkout and fill in your payment information
  3. Your order will be processed and we will get in touch with you directly by email to ask if you want to add a message to the PDF
  4. We will send the PDF and the unique e-voucher code to you by email, along with another PDF that has instructions on how the person receiving the voucher can redeem it and claim their place
  5. You give the voucher to the person receiving it and they claim their place and pass their contact information to us so we can send them the rest of the course information

Please take a look at our Gift Voucher Terms and Conditions on this page, and please contact us if you have any questions.

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.

Can I purchase a gift voucher for this course?

Yes, you can purchase a gift voucher for somebody else by selecting the relevant option from the dropdown menu above. We can also create a custom PDF voucher that you can print off and give to the course recipient.
Terms and conditions for our Gift Vouchers can be found here.

Private Navigation Courses

Any of our public courses can be booked as a private event, or we can create a day or event to meet your specific requirements.

Please get in touch directly, or take a look at the popular private courses below.

The Mountain Navigation Course – a Level 2 EST Framework Course

The Intermediate (Mountain) Navigation course is a Level 2 Course on the EST Framework.

Level 2 EST framework courses are designed to suit those who have some experience in that subject – for the L2 Mountain Navigation course we recommend that participants have at least some basic experience in using an Ordnance Survey map and using a compass to take a bearing.
There is no requirement to have undertaken our Level 1 Basic Navigation Course, although this course is the direct continuation of that course.

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework is a structured survival and outdoor safety training programme for individuals, groups, businesses and other organisations.

Origins of the Framework

Over the past decade Original Outdoors has worked with dozens of training partners to provide realistic subject and terrain-specific outdoor safety training. Throughout that time we had requests for the same key subjects again and again – navigation, use of outdoor PPE, emergency planning, survival techniques and logistics.
In 2017 we created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework after consulting with other outdoor professionals, educators and experts in outdoor safety training. From 2018 onwards the Environmental Survival Training Framework is offered to the general public as well as our existing clients.

Training Progression

The EST Framework is designed to allow candidates to complete standalone training sessions, or progress through a training pathway to become an advanced instructor in that subject.

Each of the courses are held within a training stream – navigation, survival, campcraft, wild food, search operations, work and industry. Each of those streams has courses at different training levels from Level One to Level Three, and then clearly defined training and assessment courses for becoming an EST instructor within that stream.

Training Delivery

All Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework courses are delivered by experienced outdoor professionals with backgrounds from the emergency services, SAR, expedition leadership or military service. Although the training is often delivered in a friendly and approachable manner there is always the underlying ethos that our training must be:

    • Appropriate
    • Realistic
    • Honest
    • Relevant

    Our clients work in genuinely hazardous environments, and our training delivery has to match that. We choose our training venues, materials and partners carefully to ensure that we maintain a high quality of realistic, relevant and authentic survival and outdoor safety training.

EST Training Classification System

Original Outdoors created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Training Classification System to categorise our own training courses, and provide a comparative system for other similar training schemes that sit alongside the EST Framework (Mountain Training, Rescue 3 etc).

Levels One, Two and Three are end-user awards within a particular training stream. Levels Four to Seven are instructor awards within that training stream.

CodeLevelDescriptionAssessment
EST L11Entry-level training course where no previous subject training is required.
None
EST L22Intermediate – level training course where previous subject training has occurred.None
EST L33Advanced-level training course where significant previous subject training has occurred.Assessment
EST L44Training for delivery of L1-L2 courses within the EST Framework.Assessment + Logbook
EST L55Training for delivery of L1 -L3 courses within the EST Framework. Assessment + Logbook
EST L5A5 (L3 Assessor)Bolt-on training for independent assessment of L3 courses. Assessment + Logbook
EST L66Training for delivery and assessment of L1-L4 courses. Assessment + Logbook + Observation
EST L6A6 (L5 Assessor)Bolt-on for assessment of L5A courses.Assessment + Logbook + Observation
EST L77Assessment of Level 6 + 6A candidates.Assessment + Logbook + Observation