navigation and scrambling courses, Daear Ddu ridge, moel siabod

Join us on a mountain skills course spread over several days, possibly combining all the elements in several big mountain days! What's better than learning to navigate whilst ticking off classic scrambles, summiting mountains and maybe even sleeping among the giants themselves! Why not combine a scrambling course in the Lake District with some Wainwright walks? Or a Wild Camp as part of a navigation course on Dartmoor?

All of my course can be combined to create a great package. Below are a few of the more popular ideas, but please feel free to contact me if you fancy some other options.

5 Days

North Wales/The Lakes/Scotland

1:6 for navigation / 1:4 for scrambling

An all intensive 5-day course covering all aspects of navigation and scrambling in the mountains of the UK. A great week to kick start your future as a mountaineer. 

We will cover all aspects from my INTRO TO NAVIGATION to ADVANCED NAVIGATION and INTRO TO MOUNTAIN SCRAMBLES course. Throughout the week, we will put these skills to the test by ticking off classic scrambles. By the end of the week, you will be navigating from the car park to the base of a scramble, safeguarding yourself and the group up the scramble and navigating back to the pub for a well earned pint...or two!


By the end of this course, you will:

  • Be able to plan and implement walks in the UK hills and mountains

  • Be able to select a suitable grade 1 scramble dependent of conditions and ability

  • Be able to navigate to and navigate off a grade 1 scramble

  • develop an understanding of the risks associated with mountain scrambling

  • Be confident in navigating yourself in the UK hills and mountains


On this course, we will cover the following:

  • Conventional Symbols

  • Maps scales and the grid system

  • Orientating the map to the ground

  • Identifying and using handrails

  • Parts of a compass

  • Contours and large features

  • Measuring Distances

  • Simple relocation

  • Different types of maps and scales

  • Grid references

  • Pacing and Timing

  • Naismiths rule

  • Route planning

  • Compass bearings

  • Attack points

  • Aiming off

  • Catching Features

  • Tick off features

  • Smaller contour features

  • Intro to poor visibility/night navigation

  • Relocation techniques

  • Use of altimetres

  • Accurate compass work

  • Poor visibility/night navigation

  • Map memory

  • Contour only navigation

  • Small contour features

  • Micro navigation

  • Aspect of slope

  • Back bearings

  • Resections

  • Map memory

  • Dead reckoning

  • Using the group to aid navigation

  • Navigation to and from a scramble

  • Movement techniques over steep ground

  • Guidebook interpretation

  • Route choice

  • Safeguarding yourself and members of the group

  • Consolidating the skills learnt throughout

  • Tick off a Classic Scramble or two! 

OS maps app, dartmoor



  • Intro to Rock Climbing (COMING SOON)


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Bristly ridge, snowdonia