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Master Navigation/ Gold NNAS

16/10/2021 @ 10:00 am 23/10/2021 @ 4:00 pm

A 2 day course run on Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd October for those who are keen master advanced navigation skills – includes Gold NNAS certification. 

This course is for those who want to be navigational masters and be confident in poor visibility away from footpaths on remote, poorly defined terrain. Maybe you want to be confident in the mountains on your own, or able to deal with poor visibility and walking in the dark. 

The course covers navigation in the open moorlands away from paths and roads. You will develop skills required to navigate to detailed features, such as specific contour features and be masters in using pacing and timing to walk a route. 

You will learn complex navigation strategies such as back bearings and using aspect of slope to identify your location, as well as gain the confidence to navigate in poor visibility and darkness. 

You will gain a Level 3 qualification for completing the Gold award. Course costs include registration and certificates.

The course will cover: 

  • Utilise contours and fine detail as the prime method of navigation.
  • Accurately follow a route, judge distance, check progress against time, use relevant compass skills and maintain continuous map contact.
  • Use back bearings and transits to confirm the current position.
  • Use aspect of slope as an aid to relocation.
  • Select appropriate techniques within an overall navigation strategy.
  • Navigate in intricate terrain in reduced visibility i.e. mist or darkness.
  • Select an appropriate, safe route in relation to height gain and loss, dangerous terrain and other major hazards.
  • Assess the route ahead in the field in relation to prevailing conditions or changing circumstances (e.g. weather, time, daylight, ability/fitness) and re-plan the route appropriately if necessary.
  • Shorten a route, use an escape route and know emergency procedures.
  • Recognise the occurrence of a navigational error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid for walking in remote areas in all weather conditions.
  • Understand the physical demands created by hill and moorland terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Understand the effects of cold, heat, fatigue and discomfort on decision making and execution of a selected route.
  • Understand the implications of climate change on the outdoor environment and be knowledgeable in practical steps to mitigate its effect.
  • Understand the pros and cons of appropriate electronic navigation devices and describe/demonstrate their use in the context of Gold terrain.

We will meet at 10am on both Saturdays and aim to finish for 4pm. 

The course will be delivered on open moorland through above the Holme Valley close to both Holmfirth and Saddleworth to aid navigation practice, so be prepared to be out on the hill.

The course will be delivered by a qualified Mountain Leader and NNAS registered tutor, Emily Thompson. Emily is also a qualified first aider. 

If you are interested but don’t want to pay the eventbrite fee get in touch for other payment methods – emily@tinkadventures.com

Course needs a minimum of 2 people to run, but will have a maximium of 4 to ensure everyone has an opportunity to maximise their learning at this level.