Following the success of the joint Walkhighlands/MCofS navigation courses over the last few years a further 4 course dates are being held this summer. These single day courses will be held at Arrochar on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June, and at the Ochils on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August. This is the chance to brush up on your navigation skills while meeting other Walkhighlands users on a fun and friendly day. The courses are always very popular and only a few slots are still available – there is one place on Saturday 11 June, 2 on Sunday 12th June, 3 on Sat 6th August and 2 on Sunday 7th August.
Each course will begin with an hour of work indoors and then the rest of the day will be spent on practical navigation skills on the hill. The courses will be run by Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Officer at the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and are aimed at anyone who wants to learn how to navigate for hillwalking or to brush up existing knowledge. The courses are very friendly and will also provide a chance to meet with other Walkhighlands users. The courses are being run on a no-profit, minimal cost basis and are £35 each which includes a year’s free membership of the MCofS. Places are limited to 12 on each day and bookings are now being taken by the MCofS (01738 493 942).
Heather says, “These courses are an ideal way to increase your confidence in finding your way on the hill, learn the skills of map reading and compass bearings and pick up handy hints and techniques to locate yourself in poor visibility”.
The navigation course will provide a gentle introduction to the theory followed by a practical session on the hill alongside other Walkhighlands users. Ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course (the minimum age is 18 years). You will need to be equipped for a day out on the hill with food and drink, boots, gaiters, waterproof jacket and overtrousers, warm hat and gloves or mitts and a map case or clear poly bag. Maps and compasses will be provided.
To book a place please phone 01738 493 942 during normal office hours and mention that you want to book the Walkhighlands Navigation Course on Saturday 11 or Sunday 12 June, or on Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th August.