Navigation Skills Course
Find Your Path
Navigation is one of the most important of all outdoor skills.
This course is aimed at people who want to learn or refresh their navigation skills.
These map & compass skills are essential to keeping yourself safe among the Scottish hills, by keeping to a safe route and always maintaining awareness of where you are; all without being reliant on fickle technologies such as GPS.
Navigation is also a fascinating subject in itself, and a very satisfying one to put into practice.
What You’ll Learn
- Map Reading
Understanding how the map relates to reality. Learn to read contour lines like the back of your hand.
- Grid References
Learning how to find your exact location, and why it is important.
- Compass Skills
Taking bearings and sightings, then putting them to use.
- Distance, Speed and Timing
Keeping track of how far you have come and how far you have to go.
You don’t know where you are. Now what?
- Route Planning
Figuring out the most reliable way to get from A to B
- Mental Mapping
Explore how navigation works in the mind – how we find our way, why we get lost, and why GPS can lead you into trouble.
See below for our schedule of adventure skills courses.
For other events including guided adventures, photography workshops and more, see our full programme of events here.
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Private Course Options
1 Day Course
On our one day course is designed with complete beginners in mind. We will focus on the most essential skills needed to walk Scotland’s hills. We will develop our skills in straightforward terrain with plenty of navigational features.
2 Day Course
Our two day course builds on the essentials from day one. We will have more time to practice our skills and cover different navigational techniques. We have the option of navigating some more challenging/interesting terrain.
We are based near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. Our navigation courses are designed with hillwalking in mind so we will typically visit the northern Cairngorms. Other locations available by request.