In this course, we look at navigation in the outdoors using paths, tracks, and other linear features. Basic map and compass work are also included.
This is a great course for those with little or no navigational experience.
- Introduction to Maps
- Setting the Map (with and without the compass)
- Grid References
- Pacing and Timing
- Estimating Distance
- Use of the Compass
- Relocation Strategies
Minimum Group Size: One - Maximum Group Size Eight
Assumes: No previous knowledge
Cost: Course £80.00pp payable in advance of the course start date. The course will not be confirmed until paid for.
Cancellation of course. If you (the participant) cancel the course, a cancellation fee of £45 pp will be deducted from the payment.
If Pentland Outdoor cancels the course, then you will get full payment of the monies returned.
For further information regarding course bookings, please get in touch using the email below:
Clare Beckett 20th Feb 2022
I signed up for the Introduction to Navigation course, not really having any understanding of how to read a map or use a compass. The course was fantastic, not only did Robert cover navigation, the tools to use, and how best to use them, but he also covered vital safety points to live by while out in the hills. I can highly recommend the day for all levels, Robert puts you at ease and makes the day good fun.
Claire Pecot 29th Oct 2022
My friend Alan and I had a fantastic day learning about navigation with Robert. I had no knowledge whatsoever about map reading or ways to use a compass but Robert helped me to learn and become more comfortable throughout the course. He was very knowledgeable, encouraging, and patient. We also both appreciated his world of knowledge on mountain safety, his humour, and hearing about his life experience. If you want to learn more about navigation in a relaxed and friendly environment then Robert is your go-to person!"
Susie Keith 21st Oct 2022
I had always just let others on walks do the map reading and tell me where I was and where we were going next, and I followed with no thought to the route.
I had absolutely no knowledge of route planning, zero experience with a compass, a fear of mathsy/technical things, and zero confidence.
I wanted to become fully competent and aware of route planning myself.
I spent a lovely October day in the Pentlands with Robert (9 am - 4 pm). He had a very well-worked-out programme to introduce me to each of the concepts one by one, he explained things in a very nice simple easy-to-understand way and built everything up well, and gradually, through the day. He set a good number of tests so I could realise that I was understanding everything and I was actually getting it.
All-in-all I am absolutely delighted I had training with Robert and really excited to get using my new awareness and bed in my new found feeling of confidence and competence.
Fantastic, thank you, Robert.
Sheila Sanei 22nd Jan 2023
Robert is extremely knowledgeable, incredibly friendly, and very eager to make sure you understand the fundamentals of navigation and map reading skills as well as mountain safety.
I had zero knowledge of navigation skills prior to having a full-day course with Robert in the Pentland hills and by the end of the day I had definitely learned many of the basics including how to use a compass to do magnetic bearings and also improved my mountain safety skills.
Robert offers courses of various lengths suitable for individuals with zero prior knowledge as well as for those who wish to further improve and develop their current skills.
I highly recommend Robert as a tutor, he is a very easygoing, approachable, experienced, and highly professional guide and I hope to further improve my skills in one of his other courses.