Joe Faulkner, as many will know is the original Mountain Running Skills company, under the bracket of Nav4 Adventure, in the Lake District, so when Joe asked me to cover a days One to One Nav training I was very pleased.
The spec was to take out Imran for an entry into Mountain Navigation for running. Perfect work for Mountain Run.
I met Imran in Keswick on Tuesday morning last week and we spent a good amount of time in a cafe, great place to be, getting to grips with compasses, maps, features, contours, paths and rights of way, as the rain fell hard outside. Once we had the basics sorted it was time for the practical session. I chose the Back 'O' Skiddaw as our location, as I felt this offered some good path work and then off onto the open fell.
Imran learnt about thumbing the map, covering ground and to be ever vigilant about what features we were passing, so he could keep a good track on where we were and how he could prove were we were. Very important to be able to prove your theory. Once we had made our way to Skiddaw House we move onto much rougher ground, learning to navigate by 'handrails' and take bearings when we had left them behind.
Imran decided he want to get to grips with a mountain, so we progressed up Slak Beck and onto the top of Lonscale Fell, a great vantage point to survey the every changing moody skies covering the Lakes. On the way down we worked on getting Imrans compass bearing skills up to scratch finding sheepfolds and other features along the way.
Feed back from Imran was excellent, expression he had had a great day out and had lots to learn.
"I just got back a short while ago and I just wanted to thank you again for yesterday. It really was a cracking day. It has made me very aware as to how much I need to learn, something which I am very keen to do! Having a look at the pictures I took it was a moody day, weather wise. Ultimately it was pretty brilliant being out in the wilds."
If you're looking to book on a one to one navigation course please follow this link for more details: One to One Navigation
Nicola and I were out yesterday on a Mountain Skills day out, getting Nicola's head ready for Winter Mountaineering. I was testing out some new kit I've been sent from Montane for the Spine Race.
More lessons from the Trail on the Spine Race/Pennine Way