Mountain Skills Courses


Navigation in the hills and mountains at low light, low visibility or in total darkness is a skill that anyone wishing to head to the bigger hills in Britain needs to know. If you are interested in astrophotography, you will inevitably need to get away from any light pollution and the car that comes along with full beams on just as you start to take a picture.

It is also important for anyone wanting to start wild camping.

Phone batteries with mapping software don't cope well with the cold or rain. Mountain Rescue teams will recommend a map and compass, and knowledge of how to use them.

On 16th February 2022 we are running a session in support of the North York Moors National Park Dark Skies Festival. More information about the festival can be found here. This will be invaluable for anyone wanting to escape as much light pollution as possible on the higher remoter moors.

The requirements for night navigation are very similar to day navigation except that you need to become very good and confident at a few particular techniques. This course is suitable for anyone who has a working knowledge of timing, pacing, orientating a map and following a compass bearing (Silver NNAS level). It is also suitable for those training for, or wishing to start on an Expedition Leadership award or Mountain Leader Award.

I run these courses during Autumn and Winter as an evening session.

If you would like to discuss this course for a club, society or other group of people, please see the Adventures for You page or just get in touch to discuss options and prices

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Night Navigation Masterclass

Each masterclass costs £30 per person and is run over a weekday evening.


We will concentrate on the techniques that are the most useful in the dark and also incorporate the use of digital technologies and where / how they can be useful and when they definitely aren't! By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of:

  • Using the compass to orientate the map and why it's vital at night (or any time!)

  • Using a compass to follow a bearings accurately using sighting

  • More advanced navigation strategies, including coarse and fine navigation

  • Timing and Pacing accurately


The courses are run in the Cleveland Hills area of the North York Moors National Park

There is no indoor session - we will meet at the starting point and head straight out.

The instructor:client ratio is 1:8 with a minimum of 3 clients to ensure that everyone gets the most benefit from the course. Peer-experience and sharing is an important aspect.

If you'd like a private course for friends/family/clubs or societies, or different dates from the ones advertised below then please simply get in touch to discuss dates and prices via the Adventures for You page. 

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If you want to chat to me about any of the courses feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.
If you don't like the idea of the online booking or would prefer to pay a 10% deposit for now, or would like to pay a 10% deposit for now that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice. Please note that this has an additional £5 non-refundable administration fee.
Simply choose the date you are interested in, click 'Book Now' and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the course.
Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions, including the cancellation policy and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.

Upcoming Night Navigation Masterclass @ £30 per person

Please note: these dates are for Autumn 2021 and Winter 2022!