Course type
Lead Mines Car Park, Glendasan, Wicklow Mountains
Meeting point
Nearest town

Improvers navigation course (1 day)

Hiking gradesHiking grades

If you know your way around a map and compass but are not sure if you could get off a hill safely if the hill fog came down. If you want to be able to navigate accurately away from paths, and on featureless terrain, then this is the course for you.

About improvers navigation course

This course is held in the hills west of Laragh, in the Wicklow mountains.
In this 1 day course we will reprise some basic navigation techniques and cover the more advanced skills of route finding, including:

  • Devising a navigation strategy.
  • Pacing and timing over varying terrain.
  • Walking on a compass bearing to locate a feature.
  • Using navigation techniques including aiming off, tick features, catching features and attack points.
  • Interpreting contour features, large and small, on the map and on the ground.
  • Relocation strategies.
  • Route planning with regard for safety and terrain.

This course is run at a maximum ratio of 1:8 to ensure each client gets the most out of the day

MEETING POINT Lead Mines Car Park, Glendasan, Wicklow Mnts. 09.00am
WHAT TO BRING  Good hiking boots and waterproof clothing are essential; hiking trousers are advised, (no jeans please); spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.
Transport is available from Dublin for this course. Please contact us for more details.
Maps and compasses provided if required.
Professional mountain leader with first aid certification and full insurance.
Specialist hiking clothing.
Lunch & snacks.

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 church is near the resource centre, turn right after the petrol station.

Introduction to Navigation Course Testimonials:

Improvers Navigation Course
“I did an Improvers Navigation Course with Russ last weekend and learned loads. Finally I got to grips with taking a bearing – Russ is a great teacher and his mantra of ‘are you seeing what you expect?’ is so useful! From the moment we met up we were learning and putting what we learnt into practice. As a by product we had a super days hiking – win win! I’d definitely recommend the navigation training – learn while doing something you enjoy – who could ask for better.” – Harpy14, Dublin, ireland

Further reading on our blog:

Hill Skill Series – Basic 3 step relocation strategy

Hill Skills Series – Navigation in Winter Conditions

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