Kendal Mountaineering Services run navigation skills (map reading) courses in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria. Courses are primarily based in the South Lakes area but we can also arrange courses in other areas.
Navigation, also known as map reading, is probably the most important skill you need to learn before venturing out into the mountains.
KMS run 2 day introduction to navigation courses here in the Lake District and also 2 day advanced navigation courses which include night navigation. For people preparing for Mountain Walking Leader assessment or re-assessment we also offer navigation refresher days.
As an added extra we can include the option of an overnight wild camp into your 2 day navigation course to give you a true wilderness experience.
With a KMS Navigation Course you will learn map reading skills to MLTUK (Mountain Leader Training UK) standard.
You'll start off by learning what all of those map symbols mean - how to identify land features through contours, streams, footpaths etc, then we'll move you on to setting the map in order that you can relate what you see on the map to what is around you.
You'll learn about the various map scales in order that you can measure distance on the map and how to measure the distance on the ground by pacing, then you will move on to working out timings using Naismiths rule.
An integral part of navigation looks at using a compass to take bearings so that you can navigate, essential for poor visibility, and in order to do that you'll also be shown how to take a grid reference. Other examples of navigation will see you using linear features and attack points to get to your destination.
As well as having the ability to navigate during daylight - well, what happens if you are caught out after dark? You can choose to add a night navigation session to your course as a progression which may well save your life.
KMS navigation courses are excellent value for money and have proven popular with many people.
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We also have our range of other courses that can help with all of your outdoor wishes, no matter what time of year you want to learn.
Contact us to discuss what you want and we'll be happy to help.
Wishing you many happy Winter adventures!