1-day Navigation Course – Silver Howe

 

Yesterday I met up with Craig from Peebles for a day of navigation training. Craig was keen to learn new skills, refresh some old ones and to gain more confidence in his mountain navigation to enable him to get off the beaten track and explore.

We chose Grasmere as our starting point and looked at the basics of map symbols and orientating the map based on the features around us, before introducing some simple navigation strategies as we left the village behind us. Climbing onto Silver Howe, Craig learnt about tick off features, overshoot features and how to break longer navigational legs into smaller manageable chunks.

Up on Silver Howe we left the paths behind and used natural linear features and simple contour interpretation to find our way, before introducing compass work in to the equation.

Craig then led several longer and increasingly difficult legs using all the skills he had learnt to find various tarns, ring-contours and crags as we crossed Blea Rigg and headed down to Easedale Tarn for our return to Grasmere.

A great day on the hill in some cold but sunny conditions. Thanks Craig – hope you had a good day.

Si

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