2-day Navigation Course: Coniston & Wrynose

 

Wow, what amazing weather we’re having! We’re used to wall-to-wall sunshine and clear skies up here in the Lake District, but this is really special! Long may it continue!

Over the last couple of days we have been running a bespoke 2-day Navigation Course for Michelle who recently moved to Coniston. Michelle is keen to explore the hills around her new home but  wanted to make sure that she has the right skills to look after herself before heading off into the mountains. A sensible girl.

We prefer rubbish, wet, cloudy weather for our navigation courses as these are the sort of conditions you will probably be in when you really need to call on good navigation skills. However, we’re not complaining – 2 days walking around in the sun with views as far as the eye can see was no real hardship.

We met Michelle in Coniston and talked about the sort of kit she should consider taking with her on the hill, before looking at the forecast for the next day or two. Michelle got to grips with synoptic charts and was able to figure out her own forecasts in no time at all.

We spent the first day of the course in the Wetherlam area, looking at simple navigation strategies, tick-off features and overshoot features as well as some basic compass work. By the end of the day Michelle was relocating successfully and was finding ring contours, non-existent tarns (OS map errors!!) and reentrants.

Day two (today) was even sunnier and warmer, so after meeting Michelle in Elterwater and looking at how to measure distance using pacing, we drove up high onto Wrynose Pass to try and find some cooler air. The plan worked and not only did we save having to gain such height by walking uphill in 30 degree heat, we were pleased to find a cool breeze blowing over the pass.

We spent the day looking at some advanced navigation skills on and around Cold Pike (badly named today!) and hardly touched a footpath all day. Michelle learnt about measuring distance using pacing and timing and got to grips with some pretty hard contour appreciation!

We covered a lot in the two days, leaving Michelle with a pretty big toolkit of skills to call upon when navigating her way around the Lake District fells or mountains further afield.

Well done Michelle – thanks for a great two days.

Si

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Great views from Cold Pike over to Langdale

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Sheep on the lookout!

 

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