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Silver Level National Navigation Award Course – 21-22 April 2018 – FULL

NNASlogo300This two day course in the Campsies and Kilsyth hills, north of Glasgow, develops your skills so that can navigate in open country using compass bearings and natural landforms. Upon completing the course you’ll receive a formal qualification and certificate. The course is a progression from the Bronze National Navigation Award and is ideal for participants who are confident in using a map to follow paths and tracks in lowland countryside terrain.  The course will cover:

  • Setting and following compass bearings across open ground
  • Using pacing to measure distance
  • Estimating the time needed for height gain
  • Using landforms like hills, ridges, spurs and valleys to navigate
  • Adopting appropriate strategies for navigating from one point to another, using techniques like aiming off and attack points.

The course costs £65 per person. To book select the ‘Silver NNA Course’ in the booking form click here. For more information on the course please refer to these course outline below:

Silver National Navigation Award – 21-22 April 2018 Course Overview

Bronze Level National Navigation Award Course – 28 – 29 April 2018 – FULL

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This two day course based at Drumpelier Country Park, near Coatbridge. We will be using the park for navigation as well as parts of the North Calder Heritage Trail and the South Airdrie Path Network. The course will provide an introduction to navigation skills. Upon completing the course you’ll receive a formal qualification and certificate (SCQF level 4). The course is aimed at beginners and is for all ages. The course will cover:

  • Identifying features and landforms in the landscape
  • Understanding and using maps with different scales and map symbols
  • Following linear features like paths and tracks using a map
  • Using a compass to set the map and find out where you are
  • Measuring distance and estimating time
  • Re-locating yourself if you don’t know where you are

The course costs £65 per person. To book select the ‘Bronze NNA Course’ in the booking form click here. For more information on the course please refer to these course outline below:

Bronze National Navigation Award – Course Overview

Silver Level National Navigation Award Course – 7-8 May 2018 – 5 places available

NNASlogo300This two day course in the Campsies and Kilsyth hills, north of Glasgow, develops your skills so that can navigate in open country using compass bearings and natural landforms. Upon completing the course you’ll receive a formal qualification and certificate. The course is a progression from the Bronze National Navigation Award and is ideal for participants who are confident in using a map to follow paths and tracks in lowland countryside terrain.  The course will cover:

  • Setting and following compass bearings across open ground
  • Using pacing to measure distance
  • Estimating the time needed for height gain
  • Using landforms like hills, ridges, spurs and valleys to navigate
  • Adopting appropriate strategies for navigating from one point to another, using techniques like aiming off and attack points.

The course costs £65 per person. To book select the ‘Silver NNA Course’ in the booking form click here. For more information on the course please refer to these course outline below:

Silver National Navigation Award – 7-8 May 2018 Course Overview

Gold Level National Navigation Award Course – 23 April, 30 April and 30 July 2018 – 3 place available

NNASlogo300This three day course is a progression from the Silver National Navigation Award course, adding techniques and skills for dealing with complex contour features large and small. The Gold Award is delivered as separate Gold Award training (23 and 30 April) and Gold Award Assessment courses (30 July). On completion of the course participants will be able to plan and confidently follow safe routes away from paths and tracks in any open countryside. The training areas will include the hills to the north of Callandar and Beinn Bhreac, south of Ben Lomond. The assessment area will be the Touch Hills, just south of the village of Gargunnock, Stirlingshire. The course will cover

  • The techniques and skills of the Bronze and Silver Awards
  • Utilising contours and fine detail as the prime method of navigation
  • Accurately following routes, judging distance using pacing and timing, using compass skills and maintianing continous map contact.
  • Re-location techniques like aspect of slope, transit lines, contour interpretation, back bearings and resection.

The course costs £100 per person (£75 for the two day training course and £25 for the assessment day). To book select the ‘Gold NNA Course’ in the booking form click here. For more information on the course please refer to these course outline below:

Gold NNA Course Overview

Buscraft Course – 8 September 2018 – 6 places available

Want to learn some bushcraft skills like friction fire, making natural shelters, foraging for food or making natural cordage?

Bushcraft is about thriving in wild places and developing a set of skills and knowledge help you do that; using natural resources to sustain you, feed you and keep you warm. Bushcraft helps you develop a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural environment. The more you learn the more satisfying it becomes.

Typically a one day bushcraft course will cover:

  • Friction fire
  • Identifying and collecting natural tinders
  • Using quartz and steel to start a fire
  • Making char cloth
  • Cooking on fires and making and using pot-hangers
  • Natural Cordage
  • Knife skills
  • Making natural shelters
  • Learning how to leave no trace

Our next course is on Saturday 8th of September 2018 at Winston Lodge, Lanarkshire. £65 per person. To book click here.

For more information the course please refer to the participant information below:

Bushcraft Course – Participant Information

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14th and 15th of January 2017

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Glen Lochay Hills – Two day trip to Glen Lochay Hills: Beinn Heasgarnaich, Creag Mhor and Meall Ghaordaidh.

Grade: Moderate

Seasonal Notes: Winter boots, ice axe and crampons

£50 per person per day

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21st of January 2017

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Introduction to snowshoeing – tired of post-holing through deep snow? Learn the fun way to climb Scottish hills in winter… on snow shoes! Includes the ascent of Ben Chonzie. Snow shoe hire included.

£60 per person

For more information on the event click here.

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 28th and 29th of January 2017

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Snow Shelters and Winter Hills – Learn how to make a snow hole and camp in snowy terrain in the mountains. Using tents with snow valences. Includes ascent of Glenshee hills.

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4th and 5th of February 2017

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Tarmachan Rigde and Ben Lawers group – Tarchaman Ridge and the Ben Lawers Group. Munro bagging north of Loch Tay.

£50 per person per day

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6th of May 2017

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Bushcraft Walk – Drumore Wood. Guided walk through Queen Elizabeth Forest visiting the ancient Drumore Wood: a mixed woodland of oak and Scots Pine. Learn bushcraft skills as we explore this fine woodland.

£50 per person per day

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9th of July 2017

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Navigation Skills – Comrie. Improve your hillwalking navigation skills in the moorland and hills to the north of Comrie in Perthshire: micro-navigation, contour interpretation, using compasses to take bearings, pacing and timing, use of altimeters and  gps.

£50 per person per day

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