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 £150 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 3 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 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 Private Courses page.