Mountain Navigation Course (L2 EST Framework)

Mountain Navigation Course (L2 EST Framework)

Mountain Navigation course in Snowdonia with outdoor training specialists Original Outdoors. 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

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Natural Navigation Course

Natural Navigation Course

One-day natural and instinctive navigation course in North East Wales, navigating across the landscape WITHOUT map or compass. A Level One EST Framework Course. This Natural Navigation course from Original Outdoors is slightly different to our other navigation courses. It is suitable for any outdoor enthusiast, including

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Mountain Navigation Course (L2 EST Framework)

Mountain Navigation Course (L2 EST Framework)

Mountain Navigation course in Snowdonia with outdoor training specialists Original Outdoors. 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

Read more...

Natural Navigation Course

Natural Navigation Course

One-day natural and instinctive navigation course in North East Wales, navigating across the landscape WITHOUT map or compass. A Level One EST Framework Course. This Natural Navigation course from Original Outdoors is slightly different to our other navigation courses. It is suitable for any outdoor enthusiast, including

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Mountain Navigation Course (L2 EST Framework)

Mountain Navigation Course (L2 EST Framework)

Mountain Navigation course in Snowdonia with outdoor training specialists Original Outdoors. 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

Read more...

Natural Navigation Course

Natural Navigation Course

One-day natural and instinctive navigation course in North East Wales, navigating across the landscape WITHOUT map or compass. A Level One EST Framework Course. This Natural Navigation course from Original Outdoors is slightly different to our other navigation courses. It is suitable for any outdoor enthusiast, including

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Learn a new skill in 2020 with Original Outdoors!

Learn a new skill in 2020 with Original Outdoors!

In this, the first proper week of January (let’s face it, the bit before everyone goes back to work doesn’t count) we are all bombarded by messages trying to flog us gym memberships, holidays to far-flung corners of the earth or just a thing to wear on your wrist that tells you if you’re tired yet. Continue reading

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Christmas Gift Ideas for UK Outdoor Enthusiasts – 2019!

Christmas Gift Ideas for UK Outdoor Enthusiasts – 2019!

Buying a gift for somebody who loves nature, muddy trails and The Great Outdoors is always tricky. Chances are that they already have the equipment and clothing they need for doing what they want to do – what the bl**dy hell do you buy that you know that they will LOVE and remember for years to come? Continue reading

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You’ve just completed your Mountain Navigation course – what next?

You’ve just completed your Mountain Navigation course – what next?

This blog post is primarily aimed at those who have just attended one of our Level 2 (Mountain) Navigation courses, either on a public course or as a private client. That doesn’t mean that the information below is ONLY of relevance to those who have just visited us in North Wales, but that is the intended audience. Continue reading

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Lost on Snowdon? Find a fence.

Lost on Snowdon? Find a fence.

If you have visited the mountains of Snowdonia, in particular the area around Snowdon itself, you will probably have come across one of these small, blue circular plaques pinned to a gatepost or stile. Their purpose is fairly self-explanatory, with “CYFEIRNOD GRID/GRID REFERENCE” printed around the edge. Continue reading

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How to choose the right map scale – 25k, 40k or 50k?

How to choose the right map scale – 25k, 40k or 50k?

There are two mapping scales that tend to be used for walking, mountaineering and other human-powered travels across the landscape in the UK – 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scales. The main producer of topographical maps for outdoor activities (and everything else) is the Ordnance Survey (OS), and the 1:25,000 (Explorer) and 1:50,000 (Landranger) scales are readily available at outdoor shops, online and local retailers. They also produce various digital mapping products, as well as an online mapping service and smartphone app. Continue reading

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Pacing, timing or ticking off – measuring distance when navigating on foot

Pacing, timing or ticking off – measuring distance when navigating on foot

On our navigation courses we always end up coming around to the subject of distance. Indeed, it’s one of the ‘D’s of navigation and unless you intend to just stand still and survey the surrounding countryside you’ll need to deal with the problem of measuring distance both on the map and on foot at some point or another.

There are three ways that we cover in depth on the EST Framework navigation courses – ‘pacing‘, ‘timing‘ and the enigmatically named ‘ticking off‘. They each have their merits, but also a few drawbacks. Like pretty much every other navigational technique – they are just a tool in the toolkit, and it is up to you to select the right one for the right task Continue reading

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