Introduction to navigation – part 1
Beginners mountain navigation course
You should then take a little time to practice and consolidate what you have learned before doing day 2 of the course.
About introduction to navigation – part 1
We will be using the facilities of the Brockagh Resource Centre for the morning of this course. Mid-morning tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the course fee.
Lunch is available at the centre, or in the village.
During the morning we will cover:
- Understanding the nature of the map as a two dimensional plan.
- Use of map symbols and scales on a range of maps, (1:50,000 and 1:30,000).
- Taking a six figure grid reference for a given point on the map and locating a position from a given reference.
- How to interpret simple contour features.
- Understanding the parts of a compass.
After lunch we will head out on to the tracks and paths around the village where we will learn to:
- Orientate the map with and without the compass, then use the orientated map to identify land features and our direction of travel.
- Practice contour interpretation of saddles, summits and spurs.
- Choose simple navigation strategies to reach a target.
- Use linear features, (paths and tracks), in simple navigation exercises.
- Estimate distances on the map and on the ground.
- Introduce the technique of timing.
- Take a safe and suitable route.
This course is run at a maximum ratio of 1:8 to ensure each client gets the most out of the day.
|MEETING POINT||Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh 10.00am|
|WHAT TO BRING||Walking boots or waterproof shoes and waterproof jacket and trousers; hat and gloves; packed lunch, (optional); water or juice drink, (1.0 litres); small rucksack.|
How to get to the start:
To get to Laragh from Dublin take the N11 heading south. Get off at Kilmacanogue, (R775), and head for Roundwood. Go through Roundwood, then Annamoe and on to Laragh. The resource centre is near the church, turn right after the petrol station.
Introduction to Navigation Course Testimonials:
“…Russ provided excellent instruction on the basics of map-reading and using a compass. In the afternoon, Russ had us put our new skills to the test by finding our way from the village of Laragh up to Brockagh East and viewpoints of Glendalough and Glenmacnass valley. It was a great way to spend the day learning in a beautiful area with a talented instructor.” John P – reviewed 12th August 2015
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