We had some good weather for the second day of the navigation course even if it was still a little on the chilly side. The views were really clear across to Ribblehead, Whernside and Park Fell
These low temperatures give you a chance to test your kit out and we were all nice and warm.
Wearing the right clothing and carrying the appropriate kit with you when out walking, especially in the winter, is as important as being able to trust your navigation skills in poor visibility. This makes these next few months particularly good for learning or brushing up on your map and compass work.
Last weekend Dave took two clients to the bottom of Alum Pot. The guys had previously completed a day in our SRT barn at Hornby Laithe, Stainforth. Here they learned and practiced the skills of SRT (Single Rope Technique) using our series of platforms within a safe and dry environment. Theses skills included setting up your kit for optimum performance, prussicking, abseiling, safety at pitch heads, traversing as well as passing re-belays and deviations.
A trip to the bottom of Alum Pot is a classic and has some awesome views on the way as it is mainly in daylight.
What did the guys think?
“Brilliant photos and thanks again for a fantastic day. We will be back – Just to warn you!!!!!”
This weekend Pam was at the NNAS Workshop and AGM held near Buxton in Derbyshire.
The weather was beautiful and it was a really good day. A chance to meet other providers of the Award, share ideas and look at ways we assess at different levels.
The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages. Yorkshire Dales Guides run Bronze/Silver Open Courses each month which individuals can join in. Next one 27th & 28th of this month. If you have a group of 4 or more we can always arrange dates to fit in with you – midweek or weekends. We also run Gold Award Training and Assessment events with the next training being on 12th & 13th February 2011. More information here.
The levels of NNAS award
All courses include knowledge of safety and access issues when walking in the countryside, as well as an understanding of environmental issues and awareness of impacts.
Bronze NNAS Award – navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features, basic map interpretation and compass work is included.
Silver NNAS Award – navigation in the countryside using skills acquired at bronze level and adding skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks, accurate compass work is required and an ability to use appropriate navigational techniques to go across country in some cases, eg. choosing an appropriate attack point.
Gold NNAS Award – navigation in the countryside using skills of the first two levels, but adding techniques and skills for dealing with complex contour features large and small.
These awards are not a leadership qualification of any kind they are about personal navigation skills.
There are also three junior levels of the Award which we can run for schools and youth groups.
It was a mixed couple of days for our last NNAS Bronze and Silver Navigation Course in October. We had wet and windy conditions on the Saturday when we were walking near Penyghent and cold but beautifully sunny weather on Sunday up at Ribblehead. This course is suitable for anyone from complete beginners to people wishing to develop their skills and build up their confidence for navigating in poor weather. We only work with small numbers so we can cater for a variety of levels. The next course is on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November. Skills For Walking Event Information
Some feedback from two of the participants:
“Thanks again for the course this weekend and your patience! It was really useful and just what I was looking for.”
“I really enjoyed the course and found it very informative and useful. Thanks again,”