Due to a cancellation there are a couple of places available on next weekend's navigation courses run by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS). These day courses, based in the Campsie Fells and run from Drymen, are aimed at anyone who wants to learn how to navigate for hillwalking or to brush up existing knowledge. There is currently one place on Saturday August 2 and one place on Sunday August 3 and anyone wanting to book should phone the MCofS on 01738 493943.
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.
Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Officer with the MCofS said, “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”.
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. There are also places available on day courses to be run at the end of September in the Inverness area, see the McofS website for details.