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Navigation course & mountain skills

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Learn how to use a compass to navigate accurately

Well developed mountain skills are key to enjoying our challenging mountain environment in a safe, responsible and enjoyable manner.

We offer more than just your average navigation course. Having the skills and ability to deal with inclement weather, poor visibility, the need to relocate, navigate in the dark, move safely on steep ground and deal with an emergency high on the hill are skills that we believe every walker and climber should have. On our courses we look at all of these skills and more.

An idea of the sort of content that we would look to cover on a two day navigation course is below.

  • Basic navigation
    • Understanding map symbols
    • Taking 6-figure grid-references
    • Orientating the map
    • Simple navigation strategies
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Could you navigate safely in these conditions?

  • Estimating time and distance
  • Basic contour interpretation
  • What to do when you don’t know where you are
  • Basic compass skills
  • Mountain skills
    • Planning a suitable, safe walk
    • Movement skills on steeper ground
    • Basic weather knowledge and forecasting
    • Equipment choice
    • Dealing with emergencies
    • Access and conservation
  • Intermediate to advanced navigation skills, including
    • Micro-navigation
    • ‘Course’ and ‘fine’ strategies
    • Aiming off, attack points and tick-off features
    • Navigating off contours
    • Measuring distance, using pacing and timing
    • Relocation strategies
    • Walking on bearings and more advanced compass work
    • ‘Map to ground’ versus ‘ground to map’ techniques


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Night navigation training


This is a 2-day course that is run in the Fort William & Glencoe area. We run private bespoke tailored courses for just you or your group which means that you can learn at a speed that suits you, focusing more on the areas that you need to develop and spending less time on the areas where you are already proficient.

Price: This is the total amount shared by the whole private party.

We offer further discounts for larger groups too. Just contact us with your requirements.

We can run our private bespoke courses for individuals or for groups, at a time that suits you.


Ratio (instructor to client)Total price for groupPrice per person


Click here to make a booking or to find out more. You can also contact us by telephone on 07702 942980.


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Navigating in a remote mountain environment

Ages and abilities: Our courses can be tailored for all ages and abilities, so whether you’ve never picked up a map before or whether you’re an experienced navigator looking to push things to the next level – our courses are for you.

Group sizes and ratios: Our courses can be run to an instructor:client ratio of 1:1. Also, to ensure that you get the best quality training possible, we will never exceed an instructor:client ratio of 1:6.

Kit: We will share a kit list with you when you book, but all you really need are warm and waterproof ‘outdoor’ clothes and footwear.

Times: Courses can be run at a time to suit you – they generally start at around  09.15 and end around 17.00.