Navigation instruction for walkers, climbers, mountaineers & instructors

Want to plan and follow your own hill-walking routes—or take a step up and navigate with confidence in winter or after dark? Need to impress at an assessment? Got all that and want to teach others? Book your tailor-made coaching with us.

Pick the level that’s right for you.

Learn the navigation techniques you need to be independent in the hills—and have fun in the process!

A practical session indoors introduces you to the basics, including a simple way to use a compass. Then we’ll move outdoors for a series of hands-on navigation exercises, including a short hill walk.

You’ll pack a lot of practice into this one-day course. If you’d like more, though, add a second day to spend extra time consolidating your skills in the mountains.

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You’ve got a good grounding in the basics. Time to extend your skill-set and make your journeys in the hills more fluent and efficient. Good navigation is about confidence!

Use your compass more while doing simpler things with it. Learn to combine strategies and navigate more efficiently. Develop your ability to visualise the landscape you expect to see at each point of your journey. Learn to match features on the map to those on the ground. Practice a simple three-stage process for relocating yourself if things go wrong.

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Going into the hills when daylight hours are short? Confident in your daytime navigation but want to know how to approach night navigation?

Successful night navigation depends both on applying your existing skills more rigorously and on choosing the right combination of techniques. Starting in daylight, you’ll develop your knowledge with practical exercises; as the light fades, you’ll put the right combination of techniques into practice, with a walk into the night.

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Comfortable navigating in summer? Already using ice axe and crampons in winter? Take the next step—upgrade your navigation skills for the winter hills.

Accurate navigation is crucial in winter. Find out how to plan and follow a route that’ll keep you clear of cornices, avalanche-prone slopes and snow that’s a pain to plough through. Discover systems for keeping your tools accessible while wearing full winter kit, plus techniques for dealing with a whiteout.

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Preparing for a Mountain Leader or Mountain Instructor assessment? Discover navigation strategies to make your life easier during the assessment.

Make sure you’ve done enough during your consolidation period to sail through the navigation element of your assessment. Find out how to demonstrate your own navigation skills effectively and seamlessly as well as demonstrating good practice to your students. Whichever level you’re aiming for, be ready to impress your assessor.

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Want to teach your students good navigation practice in a way that inspires them?

Find out how to introduce skills and techniques in a tactical way, step-by-step, building your students’ confidence as you go. Discover practical games to enhance learning. Develop tools for maximising your students’ involvement and making navigation interesting and fun.

This course can be tailored to suit Mountain Leaders, teachers, outdoor centre instructors and scout leaders.

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Personalised training at a pace to suit you

Small group sizes and individual attention.

You’ll learn in small groups (typically of two to four people, sometimes up to six), so individual instruction at your pace is assured.

“Mehmet is an engaging teacher who is clearly enthusiastic about teaching outdoor skills. He caters for all abilities and is patient and happy to spend time with you as an individual to clearly explain things you don’t understand.” Participant, Get Started Navigation Course

“The teaching was tailored to suit our individual levels, which was great because everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.” Participant, Build Confidence Navigation Course

Friendly, fun, flexible instruction.

My teaching style is supportive, encouraging and adaptable.

“Mehmet was brilliant at tailoring the course as we went in order for us to learn as much as possible. A big confidence-builder and we even got some practice in pretty poor conditions too. Thank you!” Alison, Get Started Navigation Course

 “...a fun and informative experience which has left me eager to get out onto the hills and practice my new skills.” Course participant, Get Started Navigation Course

Coaching from a qualified expert.

I’m an orienteering coach (UK Coaching Certificate Level 2) and a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI/MIA). I tutor and assess Level 1 coaches and am actively involved in the Scottish Orienteering Association’s Coach Education programme. I’ve helped develop the SOA’s Introducing Orienteering course and teach both this and the Scottish Orienteering Young Leader course for the SOA.

I’ve been teaching navigation since 2003 and became involved in orienteering in 2008; I’m an active member of my local Badenoch & Strathspey Orienteering Club. As you can guess, I have an enthusiastic interest in teaching people navigation and improving standards!

As well as running my own coaching business, I’m a freelance instructor at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre and a tutor for the Scottish Orienteering Association.

Where can you learn?

From the Pentlands to the Campsies, the Cairngorms, Glen Coe and beyond—let us know where you’re based and what you need and we’ll suggest a good venue for you.

Costs

(all courses except Teach Navigation*)

£220 per day

£140 per half-day or evening

Rates are per group (the maximum number of people per group depends on your coaching requirements). Student/club discounts available on request. Get in touch using the button below!

*Prices for Teach Navigation courses will vary depending on your needs and the nature of the course. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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