1-DAY COMPASS & CONTOURS COURSE YORKSHIRE DALES
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader
NB: we are currently unable to provide any outdoor clothing or kit.
1-day Compass & Contours Navigation Skills course in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, with Mark Reid.
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 ‘full’ 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.
UNDERSTAND AND VISUALISE CONTOURS
- Shape of the landscape – knoll, saddle, valley, spur, steep ground.
- Steepness (angle) of slope – what is too steep?
- Slope shapes – convex, concave, uniform & composite slopes.
- Height and depth – what’s going up and what’s going down.
- Slope aspect & Contouring – direction of slope or individual contours.
- Navigation Strategies using contours – break of slope, fall line, contouring, handrails, area features.
- Navigate across Open Country, away from paths and tracks.
- Learn how to use a compass to back up your contour navigation.
- Use various scales of map: 1:25k, 1:40k and 1:50k.
- Explore further, with confidence.
OUTLINE OF THE COURSE
Pre-course: Unlimited access to our online video tutorials. Watching these videos before the course will allow us more practical time outdoors, and allow you more time to absorb concepts and skills.
- Understanding Contours
- How & When to Use a Compass
- Understanding OS Maps & Symbols
- Navigation Strategies
9:30am: Meet at a village car park in the Yorkshire Dales (with facilities)
9:30am – 4:30pm: Full day’s contour 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.
4:30pm – 5pm: De-brief back at the village.
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark Reid has walked over 21,000 miles of footpaths over the past 23 years, and has taken over 11,500 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE & FITNESS
- Some previous hill-walking and navigation experience is required. Ideally, you will have already attended a 1-day Map Reading course or NNAS course (Bronze, Silver or Gold).
- All walks are tailored specifically for each group according to your needs, aspirations, experience and fitness levels. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times.
- We usually cover around 6 – 8 miles over the course of the day, and there will be plenty of rest stops to learn new skills. The terrain we will be walking across will include uneven ground, rough terrain, stiles, stream crossings, open moorland (including heather), hills and open country tracks and lanes, as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions.
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 11,500 people out walking, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our courses are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the activity by their parent/legal guardian.
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