Hill Skills Training Day

(4 customer reviews)



The 1 day Hill Skills Training Course is primarily for those wanting to leave paths, understand the importance of contours, walk in cloudy conditions and use a compass to navigate confidently on open land. 

  • Use a compass to take a bearing both in clear and cloudy conditions (ie: from the land or from a map)
  • Follow a bearing accurately on rough/featureless ground.
  • Employ relocation strategies when lost on open ground.
  • Understand and apply the following components of a navigational strategy ‘aiming off’, ‘attack points’, ‘collecting features’.
  • Learn how to use contour features effectively; both large and small, on the map and on the ground.
  • Judge distance accurately on the map and on the ground.
  • Understand ‘mountain awareness’ and how it helps confidence on any given walk.
  • Plan your own walks and not rely on friends or relatives.

Sunday 1st September

The Hill Skills Course is suitable for those who want venture away from the paths and tracks and explore more of the open countryside. The use of land forms (particularly contours) and the ability to use a compass correctly and accurately form the basis of the day.

It is also suitable for those wanting the skills and confidence to climb the hills of the Dales and Peaks often in inclement weather as well as planning a route to get the most out of your chose walk.

It is not suitable for Beginners and anyone attending should have a good understanding of maps plus a reasonable level of fitness as much of the time we will not be on paths.

Austwick/Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales

We will meet outside the Game Cock in Austwick/New Inn in Clapham where there are facilities, have a drink and then head in the countryside under Ingleborough.

4 reviews for Hill Skills Training Day

  1. Jill Brass (verified owner)

    I would thoroughly recommend the Hill Skills day. I was talking myself out of going, thinking that I would be out of my depth. But, I’m so glad I went along. A great day, learning and practising skills. I left more confident and determined to plan my own walks.

  2. Mike (verified owner)

    It was an excellent day. Thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt loads. Thank you ! Will definitely book another day out with you.

  3. Jane and Simon (verified owner)

    The Hill Skills course was very useful. I have struggled to use compasses properly for years and Jonathan was patient and by the end I was much more confident I can find my way in the cloud. A very useful day in the lovely Yorkshire Dales

  4. David Deakin (verified owner)

    Hi Jonathan
    Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the Intermediate Navigation Course yesterday.
    Your method of going through the fundamentals first worked great for me.
    A Very rewarding and useful day delivered in a friendly patient and professional manner. I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you.
    Best regards David

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