AFS MOUNTAINEERING

Silver Resources

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These 8 short films outline the basic skills that we'll be looking at in more detail, in context when we meet for the practical course out on the hill. Some aspects will make far more sense on the hill. I hope this page will also hopefully serve as a reminder for after the course.

As discussed in the introduction film, ordinarily this material I would run through indoors over a brew before we head out. It introduces the elements we will cover so that when we are on the hill, most of the topics have been introduced to you already. This means we can put them to practice straight away rather than standing around while I explain (and typically therefore it'll be raining!)

It's important to watch the videos in order if you've not been on the course as they sequentially introduce topics. It is worth having a watch of them all the day / evening before the practical course begins to remind yourself of the information. Do not worry if some aspects don't make sense. It's not easy to visualise some of the topics behind a computer screen - this is why NNAS will always retain the outdoor practical learning.

The important thing is to have watched the films and have any questions ready for when we meet :-)

For each film, press play (in the centre of the image on the right) and you can select to play in full screen

1. Introduction

This short video outlines the syllabus of the Silver Award, introduces the instructor (Fabian), and NNAS. It also gives an outline of how the weekend of the practical course typically plays out.

Press play (in the centre of the image on the right) and you can select to play in full screen

Length: 12 minutes

 

1. Introduction

This short video introduces the instructor (Fabian), and the video series. 

Length: 3 minutes

2. Intro to Silver

Whether you did your Bronze Award with AFS Mountaineering or another provider, or if you haven't done Bronze then this will serve as a reminder of what we covered on this course. We'll look at the syllabus and what to expect on the two day practical.

 

Updated 30.04.21

Length: 11 minutes

 

1. Introduction

This short video outlines the syllabus of the Silver Award, introduces the instructor (Fabian), and NNAS. It also gives an outline of how the weekend of the practical course typically plays out.

Press play (in the centre of the image on the right) and you can select to play in full screen

Length: 12 minutes

 

3. Bronze refresh

Whether you did your Bronze Award with AFS Mountaineering or another provider, or if you haven't done Bronze then this will serve as a reminder of what we covered on this course. It's good to get out and remind yourself how to do these skills if it's been a while.

 

Updated 30.04.21

Length: 12.5 minutes

4. Compass Bearings

How to take and follow a compass bearing accurately. And how to take a compass bearing to locate yourself.

Updated 30.04.21

Length: 17.5 minutes

 
 

1. Introduction

This short video outlines the syllabus of the Silver Award, introduces the instructor (Fabian), and NNAS. It also gives an outline of how the weekend of the practical course typically plays out.

Press play (in the centre of the image on the right) and you can select to play in full screen

Length: 12 minutes

5. Contours

At Silver, we are going to need to understand contours in greater detail and less on huge obvious features for finer navigation. This brings back our "story board".

Length: 8.5 minutes

6. Contours

At Silver, we are going to need to understand contours in greater detail and less on huge obvious features for finer navigation. This brings back our "story board".

Length: 8.5 minutes

 

5. Dangerous Ground

As we take our skills further and start going off tracks and trails, we need to be mindful of dangerous ground and how we can spot these on a map. Plus stuff that might not be obvious on a map!

Updated 30.04.21

Length: 8 minutes

1. Introduction

This short video outlines the syllabus of the Silver Award, introduces the instructor (Fabian), and NNAS. It also gives an outline of how the weekend of the practical course typically plays out.

Press play (in the centre of the image on the right) and you can select to play in full screen

Length: 12 minutes

 

5. Contours

At Silver, we are going to need to understand contours in greater detail and less on huge obvious features for finer navigation. This brings back our "story board".

Length: 8.5 minutes

7. Strategies

Rough versus fine navigation can make life a lot easier. I don't want to be pacing for the whole day out. So if we can make use of features and paths and just walk to them, we can save the minute strategies for the last section.

Length: 9 minutes

8. Route Planning

This last video looks at route planning. By now we probably know most of this and you'll have seen this if you were on the Bronze course... But it is worth watching even if in brief. There may be one or two new things. Clearly this is aimed at Bronze level - so no compass bearings or more Jedi contour interpretations. But the principles apply!

Updated 04.05.21

Length: 19 minutes