Natural navigation is a rapidly vanishing art form – can you find your way using nature’s signposts… the sun, the stars, the moon, the wind and rain, the rocks, the plants, trees and the animals? Even manmade objects, like a distant church can point you in the right direction, if you know what you are looking for!
In fact classical navigation is becoming a rare skillset, with modern pathfinders becoming increasingly reliant on GPS units, smartphones, watches and satellite gadgetry. We’re not anti-technology, in fact we positively advocate it, but firmly believe that before you pick up a GPS you should be 100% confident in your ability with a map and compass.
The course will also include a very comprehensive package on understanding and using GPS, including how to transpose your waypoints onto digital mapping software, like google earth.
All of the course leaders can navigate to a very high level. Jim is a GPS expert who uses GIS and is employed to map the geophysical features of the North Sea bed, creating his own maps. Deborah is an active Mountain Leader, has guided expeditions from featureless Arctic Greenland to the dense tropical forests of the Indian sub-continent, she has worked as a surveyor for ExeGesIS gathering data for GIS and the Ordnance Survey. Ben is also a Mountain Leader and has micro-navigated through jungle, bush veldt and frozen forests, he has a passion for star-lore and greek mythology. Through his work in the TV industry, Ross has reconnoitred and explored many wild and remote locations around the world, he is fascinated by natural navigation.
We can pretty much guarantee that after this course you will be able to see mighty gods and fearsome animals clashing in epic battles in the inky night sky, tell the time by the stars, tell your direction from the subtle signs left behind by wind and rain, understand the path of the sun and the arc of the moon. You will also be able to read and set a map, understand scales, grids and contours, set a compass bearing, adjusting for magnetic variation, estimate your distance, pacing it out and dead reckoning a route, as well as having the skills to program a GPS to guide you on your next wilderness adventure.
This course is suitable for novice and expert alike.
- Days: Thur PM – Sun PM (3 Nights)
- Location: Lake District, England
- Food & Accommodation: Fully catered and includes camping fees
- Activity: Navigation – Classical, Natural and Technological
- Group Size: 6-14 (Av.10)
- Physical Rating: Med
- 2022 Date: TBC
- Venues: Lyth Valley, The Lakes
- Route planning
- Map reading
- Use of compass
- GPS use, programming, plotting and downloading
- Natural navigation
- Celestial theory
- This course is fully catered throughout – we do our best to source food that is wild, local, organic, seasonal and nutritious. (This negates the need to buy food and bring stoves, fuel and cooking gear – it also maximises your learning time with us).
- Camping fees are included.
- We offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from and to the nearest railway station at set times.