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Improvers Navigation Course

Wicklow Mountains

Quick Details

Person Minimum age 13 yrs accompanied by an adult.

Improvers Level Navigation Course

If you know your way around a map 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.

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.

Improvers Navigation course

What to Bring

  • Walking boots or waterproof shoes
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hat and gloves
  • Packed lunch and snacks
  • Water or juice drink, (1.5 litres)
  • Small rucksack to carry all in

What’s Included

  • Maps and compasses provided if required
  • Professional mountain leader with first aid certification and full insurance