Following the success of the joint Walkhighlands/Mountaineering Scotland navigation courses over the last few years there will be a further 2 courses this summer. These single day courses will be held in the Lomond and Arrochar hills on 28 and 29 July based in Drymen and on 4 and 5 August based in Arrochar. This is the chance to brush up on your navigation skills while meeting other Walkhighlands users on a fun and friendly day.
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 Mountaineering 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 Mountaineering Scotland. Places are limited to 12 on each day and bookings are now being taken (phone 01738 493 942 or book online).
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 and mention that you want to book a Walkhighlands Navigation Course or book online. Last year these courses booked up very quickly so get in early if you want to go.