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Courses (Summer)

We offer 1 day and 2 day navigation courses, as well as a 3 day hill & mountain skills course, all in the Cairngorms.

Scheduled courses, available for individuals to book as part of an open group, are available on advertised dates. Alternatively, if you wish to book a private course on dates to suit you, this can be accommodated throughout the summer.

To make the most of these courses, you should have a reasonable level of fitness, and be keen to learn more to develop your skills as a summer hill walker.

All prices include hire of map, map case and compass.

Introduction to Mountain Navigation (1 day course)

Of all the skills needed to explore the British mountains safely, the ability to navigate effectively is one of the most important. This course is ideal if you are starting from the beginning. We will look at:

  • Maps and scales
  • Map keys
  • Setting the map
  • Contours
  • The basics of using a compass (taking and following a bearing)
  • Estimating distance travelled

Scheduled courses, available for individuals to book as part of an open group:

  • 2020 dates coming soon

£75 per person (minimum group size 2, maximum group size 4)

If you wish to book this as a private course on dates to suit you, this can be accommodated throughout the summer:

Group size 1 to 2: £150

Group size 3 to 4: £180 (all courses operate with a maximum of 4 participants)

Intermediate Mountain Navigation (2 day course)

If you already know the basics of navigation, but want to learn more in order to increase your ability and confidence when it comes to exploring the mountains independently, then this course is for you. We refresh the basics covered on our 1 day course, and extend this to include more advanced techniques such as:

  • Detailed contour interpretation
  • Techniques such as “Aiming off” and "Dog legging"
  • Introduction to relocation skills

Scheduled courses, available for individuals to book as part of an open group:

  • 2020 dates coming soon

£150 per person (minimum group size 2, maximum group size 4)

If you wish to book this as a private course on dates to suit you, this can be accommodated throughout the summer:

Group size 1 to 2: £300

Group size 3 to 4: £360 (all courses operate with a maximum of 4 participants)

Hill & Mountain Skills (3 day course)

This course is designed for beginners to look at the basics of hill walking, enabling you, by the end of the course, to get out and explore the hills and mountains under your own steam whilst staying safe. We will cover:

  • What to wear
  • What to pack
  • How to plan a day out
  • Mountain weather
  • Mountain navigation
  • What to do in an emergency
  • Most importantly, we will be “learning by doing” whilst exploring some local hills and mountains!

Scheduled courses, available for individuals to book as part of an open group:

  • 2020 dates coming soon

£225 per person (minimum group size 2, maximum group size 4)

If you wish to book this as a private course on dates to suit you, this can be accommodated throughout the summer:

Group size 1 to 2: £450

Group size 3 to 4: £540 (all courses operate with a maximum of 4 participants)

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A full kit list will be provided at the time of booking. Course participants will need to supply most of their own kit.

Course participants will meet in Aviemore on the morning their course starts. This will allow time to discuss the day ahead and to allow the most suitable venue for the day to be chosen based on the weather forecast etc.

Course participants will usually need to provide their own transport from Aviemore to the course venue each day. However, if you plan to arrive in Aviemore using public transport, please let us know so we can advise accordingly. Lift sharing will be encouraged.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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