Mountain Skills Courses
The Silver Navigator Award develops the navigation skills acquired at the Bronze level. It adds skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. It teaches accurate compass work. It will also teach you to select the suitable navigational techniques to cross open country. Silver NNAS courses are taught in areas with access to open country and involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks
If you would like to discuss this course for a club, society or other group of people, please see the Private Courses page or just get in touch to discuss options and prices
Silver NNAS Award
Each non-residential course costs £145 per person for the two days training and assessment.
Building on the skills covered in the Bronze Award course the Silver map and compass Award looks at going cross country using compass bearings and other poor visibility techniques. By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of:
Using finer detail features to orientate the map and navigate
Using a compass to follow bearings and confirm the route
More advanced navigation strategies, including coarse and fine navigation
Recognising dangers and difficult terrain on the map.
Navigating in poor visibility
Recognising errors and relocating
Understanding how route planning is affected by fitness and terrain
Understand how weather and terrain affect you
Selecting clothing for the walk
The countryside code and the walker's responsibility to the environment
The courses are run in the Howgill Fells area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
There is a very brief indoor session both days but we are mainly out on the hills learning the practical tools and skills in the real environment.
The instructor:client ratio is 1:8 with a minimum of 2 clients to ensure that everyone gets the most benefit from the course. Peer-experience and sharing is an important aspect.
Each course includes training and assessment over two days (minimum of 12 hours). There is a certificate on successfully passing the award.
We meet at the Fat Lamb Inn outside Ravenstonedale (on the A683 between Kirkby Stephen and Sedburgh) for a short indoor session before heading out to the hills for the rest of the day. Details are provided on registering.
If you'd like a private course for your group or club or the dates I've given don't suit you, then please simply get in touch to discuss dates and prices (cheaper for bulk bookings). I can run these courses all year round - but when there is lying snow it will have to be postponed as it's not a winter skills course!
This nationally recognised accredited course will enable you to plan routes off paths and tracks in open access land. You'll learn to use a compass to take and follow a bearing and develop your navigation strategies to a higher level to explore the hills and mountains.
I did my Silver Navigator Award with Fabian and it was a fantastic couple of days. Excellent clear, concise and easy to pick up training including lots of extra tips from the wealth of experience he has at his disposal!!
Fabian also made it fun and engaging giving us two great days out in the hills.
Tim, October 2019
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, that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice.
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 Silver NNAS Courses @ £145 per person
This includes the two days training, assessment and the certificate
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