Outdoor Skills

1-DAY CONTOURS MASTERCLASS IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES

With Mark Reid author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader

VIEW PHOTOS FROM JUNE 2018 COURSE – HERE

1-day Contours Masterclass courses in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

This 1-day course will introduce you to the key hill skills needed to navigate across hills and open country using contours as the prime method of navigation – contour interpretation and how they relate to landform. We will also look at appropriate compass use, from setting the map to ‘quick’ bearings and ‘classic’ bearings.

This course is suitable for people who already have some navigation skills and wish to develop these skills further. It is ideal for experienced hillwalkers who want to relate map contours with landform, a refresher for NNAS Bronze and Silver award holders or those working towards their NNAS Gold award or ML assessment. Or maybe you just want an adventurous day out on the hills…

We will spend the day getting to grips with contours, so we can relate map contours with landform, slope angle and slope aspect, and tie this in with compass work to allow you to navigate across the hills away from paths using contours and landform.

DO YOU WANT TO…?
  • Develop your hill skills
  • Understand contours and how they relate to the land
  • Navigate using the landscape and natural features
  • Follow routes away from paths and tracks
  • ‘Read’ the shape of the land from the map
  • Navigate in poor visibility or featureless terrain
  • Learn how to use a compass properly, including bearings
  • Use various scales of map: 1:25k, 1:40k and 1:50k
  • Stay safe on the hills

OUTLINE OF THE DAY

9am: Meet at a country pub to discuss the day ahead over complementary tea/coffee.

10am – 4:30pm: Full day’s contours & compass navigation training in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk will usually cover between 6 and 8 miles over the course of the day, with plenty of rest stops and time to practise skills and ask questions.

5pm: De-brief back at the pub or cafe, and a well-earned drink!

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This includes:

  • Tea/coffee when we meet in the morning at a country pub
  • Full day's upland contours and compass skills training
  • Course notes
  • Use of our outdoor gear if required
  • OS map and compass for the day
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward scheme
Some previous hillwalking experience and/or navigation training would be beneficial to get the most out of this course. Please provide your own packed lunch.
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