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Mountain Navigation Course


2 days

Brecon Beacons, Peak district, the Lake District or North Wales

1 person - £440
2 people - £260 per person
3 people - £220 per person
4 people - £200 per person
5 people - £180 per person
6 people - £160 per person

To suit your availability

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Course details

The Mountain navigation course is our intermediate navigation course.  Here we will give you the skills to explore hill and mountainous areas with complete confidence.


On the Mountain Navigation Course, we will cover the following areas:

  • Map reading
  • Understanding cartographic symbols
  • Interpreting contour lines and envisaging the terrain
  • Navigational strategies
  • Identifying features
  • Compass skills
  • Grid references
  • Estimating time & distance
  • Compass bearings


We will also be looking at:

  • Planning a journey
  • Basic weather forecasting and knowledge
  • Access and conservation
  • Possible use of a GPS (satellite-based navigation system)


An ideal course for anyone who wants to be self sufficient in the hills and mountains.  On the mountain navigation course we look at contour interpretation, estimating time and distance.   Which is useful in bad visibility, where the only reference point is the features of the land we walk over.  We look in more depth at the different navigational strategies, how and when to use them.


The course is 2 days, and is run in the Brecon Beacons, the Peak District, the Lake District or North Wales. Our client-to-instructor ratio does not exceed 6:1, so that we can give you our fullest attention.


All of our courses are tailored to suit your availability and experience, taking into account any individual needs and fitness levels.



Brecon Beacons, Peak district, the Lake District or North Wales



We will discuss any specific kit requirements with you when you make a booking.


Minimum Requirements

Some navigation experience required.  We will tailor this course to your requirements. We can also accommodate a range of fitness levels. If in doubt about whether the course is suitable for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Each day of our mountain navigation course we would introduce the topic of weather and how this may impact our route selection.


Day 1

We will introduce contour lines, how to interpret these, and how these reference to the landscape around us. Looking at the different navigational strategies, how and when to use them.  We will also look at pacing, walking on bearings, and timings, and using these to navigate accurately.


Day 2

We will be using the skills learnt on day one, and going on a journey.  Looking at putting into practice all of the navigational strategies learnt.  We will also briefly look at GPS, and how we can use this to help navigation, without being reliant on it.


By the end of the course you will feel confident and comfortable with the use of a map and compass. And be able to apply the right navigational strategy, depending on your surroundings.


If you are unsure whether the mountain navigation course is suitable for you, please do not hesitate to contact us on info@riseandsummit.co.uk or call us on 07775 853 348, and we would be happy to help.

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