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Pentland Outdoor Navigation

Intermediate Course  (NNAS Silver Award)

 The Intermediate course looks at navigation using skills learned at the Basic level and adding abilities required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks: accurate compass work and the ability to use the appropriate navigational techniques to cross country.

An excellent course for those with some experience but wish to brush up and learn new skills. Most of the time will be spent out on the hill. 

Minimum Group Size: One - Maximum Group Size: Eight

Cost: Course and Assessment £100.00 with £10.00 to cover cost of the certificate and postage. Total price £110.00

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Note: This price does not include food and accommodation.


You do not need to have attended the Basic Course before attending the Intermediate.  However, you will require to have the skills and knowledge taught at the primary level and have put them into practice.


By the end of the course, you should have gained the skills to:

Devise a strategy for a navigational stage, to break it down into 'coarse' and 'fine' navigation and to use apparent features en route to check that they are 'on course'.

Understand and apply the following components of a navigational strategy 'aiming off', 'attack points', 'collecting features', simplifying navigation, and use them in varying terrain.

Demonstrate an understanding of contour features, both large and small, on the map and the ground.

Demonstrate an understanding of the navigation physical and factors affecting route choice.

Judge distance accurately on the map and the ground.

Plan a safe walk or route involving Silver award skills and strategies.

Employ simple relocation strategies when lost.

Use a compass to follow accurate bearings and to check the direction of footpaths or other linear features on both map and ground.

Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of fatigue and physical discomfort brought on by navigating in demanding countryside or extreme weather condition.

Demonstrate knowledge and application of the Countryside Code and current access legislation as for the Bronze level together with an appreciation of primary environmental factors in mixing 'man with nature' (e.g. footpath erosion and methods of dealing with it), and responsibilities towards other countryside interests like farming, forestry and conservation.

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